National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: December 31, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

Dr. Mark Hull to Discuss Bypassed by Greatness: The Warren Harding Years at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)… The National Archives at Kansas City will host Dr. Mark Hull on Tuesday, January 15 for a lecture and discussion titled Bypassed by Greatness: The Warren Harding Years. A 6:00 p.m. informal reception will precede the event.

Warren G. Harding (1921-23) was an unlikely President in so many ways and, until being eclipsed by President Richard Nixon and Watergate, his administration was most often associated with what is perhaps the worst national corruption scandal, Teapot Dome. Harding's death in office in 1923 likely saved him from even more damaging public revelations about his personal life. Harding rose from relative obscurity and was the perennial compromise candidate. He grew to political maturity in the "Gilded Age" of party bosses and widespread graft even as these practices were losing to the new tide of progressivism. Harding inherited a United States in conflict. America was one of the victorious Allied nations in World War I, yet it was burdened by pressing domestic issues: civil rights, women's rights, Prohibition, and with an economic collapse just over the horizon. Although his abbreviated administration had a few notable successes, many historians consider Harding the worst president in the history of the Republic.

This lecture is part of the One of 44 Lecture Series being offered in conjunction with the School House to White House exhibit currently on display at the National Archives through February 23, 2013. School House to White House focuses on the education of the Presidents.

To make a reservation for this free event please call 816-268-8010 or email

About the speaker

Mark Hull, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, KS. His undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees are in history and he earned his juris doctorate from Cumberland School of Law. Prior to teaching at the CGSC, Hull taught at the University of Great Falls, Saint Louis University, and served as a brigade intelligence advisor to the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division military transition team from 2006-07 in Iraq. His books include Irish Secrets: German Espionage in Wartime Ireland; Spies Like Us, A Tale of German Espionage in Wartime Ireland ; and Concerning the Emancipation of the Slaves published in the book, A Meteor Shining Brightly: Essays on the Life and Career of Major General Patrick Cleburne . In addition he has written numerous articles and reviews on various topics ranging from war crimes, Medal of Honor recipients, and German military intelligence. Hull is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, based in Great Britain.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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