Warren G. Harding Room

Warren G. Harding Room

Warren G. Harding, the 29th U.S. President, spoke twice at the Lebanon Opera House. Located on the corner across the street from The Golden Lamb, where the Lebanon City Building is today, the opera house had a 1,200-seat auditorium on its second floor. Dedicated on September 2, 1878, it saw in its first 20 years “309 plays, 71 concerts, 65 lectures, 31 minstrel shows, 19 operas or operettas, 13 readings, [and] 5 prestidigitations.”

Harding’s first speech there was on October 16, 1910 in his unsuccessful campaign to be elected governor of Ohio. Exactly four years later, on October 16, 1914, he spoke there again. This time, his run for office was successful and he was chosen to serve in the United States Senate. It would be while holding this office, in 1920, that Warren G. Harding was elected president of the United States.

The Warren G. Harding Room is on our second floor with a queen-size bed.