DNA Test Confirms Paternity of Harding’s Love Child

DNA testing confirms the paternity of a child fathered by the former president, Warren G. Harding, 96 years later.
Nina Fenton
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The answer to a 96 year old question was finally answered with the help of DNA testing that confirmed that the 29th president, Warren G. Harding, was indeed the father of his longtime mistress, Nan Britton’s, daughter. This revelation finally closes the book on a story that has followed the former president’s family, tarnishing both his and Britton’s names.

The love affair between Harding and Britton made headlines long before the White House walls housed the secret extramarital affairs of former presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, JFK, Johnson and Clinton. In fact, their relationship began in prior to Harding’s presidency in 1917 when he was still holding the Senate seat in Ohio. The relationship lasted all of six and a half years despite Harding being married and elected as president in 1920 until his death in 1923 at the age of 57. Britton is said to have been crushed by the loss of the father of her child, which was made even worse upon finding out that Harding had neglected to leave any means of support for either of them. In an effort to support her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Blaesing, Britton decided to release a book detailing their relationship in 1927. Unsurprisingly, her book, The President’s Daughter, was swiftly met by resistance from Harding’s family and supporters since no doubt DNA testing was not conducted at this time and couldn’t her claims to be true. As a result, Britton was swiftly labeled as a “degenerate” and a “liar” until her death in 1991.

Despite generations of denial, the truth of Elizabeth’s paternity was finally brought to light after Harding’s grandnephew and grandniece, Peter and Abigail Harding, decided it was high time to find out the truth. They took it upon themselves to contact Britton’s grandson, Jim Blaesing, to start the process of testing their DNA since Abigail felt that, “One thing that everyone deserves to know is who they are, if they can. Where they come from. Who their ancestors are,” as she told New Day.

Britton’s struggle to establish the paternity of her daughter is one that many mothers and fathers have faced throughout history, however, this struggle is made far easier with Health Street’s paternity testing. These services are now much more accessible and affordable than ever before as they enable anyone with a desire to discover who they are, where they came from and their own sense of personal truth. The ability to gain these answers is possible through our American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accredited laboratories or home paternity tests and can have the life changing effects like those that Britton sought out for so many years.

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Nina works hard to be a voice to the voiceless whose stories about drug testing, DNA testing and paternity deserve to be told. It is her goal to always come from a place free of judgment and full of compassion.

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Nina works hard to be a voice to the voiceless whose stories about drug testing, DNA testing and paternity deserve to be told. It is her goal to always come from a place free of judgment and full of compassion.

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