The Death of Warren Harding

Presidential History Blog

harding funeral The funeral cortège for Warren G. Harding in August, 1923.

With the possible exception of John F. Kennedy, no president’s death generated more  speculation and controversies than that of Warren G. Harding.

The President Dies

On August 2, 1923, the country was stunned when the news came over the telegraph and telephone wires: President Warren G. Harding had died in San Francisco. He had seemed the picture of health.

Within hours, however, rumors began to circulate. He had been murdered. He had committed suicide. He had been poisoned. It was his wife who killed him. The buzz was further compounded when Mrs. Harding refused to permit an autopsy.

The train draped in mourning bunting made its way back to Washington.  More than nine million people lined the tracks in respect to a man they sincerely liked. Mrs. Harding remained secluded and made no public appearances.

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