Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) took his role as Honorary President of the Boy Scouts seriously. "Harding Awards" authorized by President Harding went to 5,058 Scout troops in 1923 for having increases in membership.
The Harding Memorial stamps is one of the fastest issued stamps from concept to delivery in the history of U.S. postage stamps. President Harding, the 29th president of the U.S., died of a heart attack on August 2, 1923. The first day of issue was September 1, 1923.
"I am with the Scout movement heart and soul. It is an organization teaching the spirit of service and honor which we must always have in our citizenship. It is a school of democracy because in it, standing is won only by taking the equal opportunity given all individuals to show their own merit, capacity, and worth. I wish every boy in our America could have the advantage and the honor of being in the Boy Scout organization."