The Mysterious Death of Warren G. Harding

President Warren G. HardingEveryone seems to have a  conspiracy theory surrounding the JFK assasination, and most people even know that mysterious circumstances surround the death of Zachary Taylor. But did you know that there are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the death of Warren G., which happened on August 3, 1923?

Within minutes of Warren G. Hardings death at either 7:10, 7:20, or 7:30 p.m. on August 2, 1923, rumors began to circulate. No one present at his demise could give the correct time of death. No one seemed to be sure who was on hand in the San Francisco hotel room when he breathed his last. Most of all, the four physicians who had been caring for Harding for the previous week could not agree on the cause of death. It had something to do with his heart. On the other hand, perhaps it was a stroke. Alternatively, it could have been both, exacerbated by the ptomaine poisoning that he may or may not have experienced a few days earlier in Vancouver. Despite the confusion over the time of death, surely an autopsy would resolve the uncertainty about what killed Warren G. Harding.

Except — there was no autopsy. Mrs. Harding — the Duchess, as her husband called her — would not permit it. Within an hour of his death, he was embalmed, rouged, powdered, dressed, and in his casket. By morning, he was on a train, headed back to Washington, D.C.

It is little wonder that newspaper reporters, servants, and minor attending officials speculated about the circumstances of the death of the 29th President of the United States. How could an event so important to the life of the nation be so shoddily handled? Or was there some secret, something about this death that needed covering up?

The entire affair was so bizarre that it was inevitable that conspiracy theories arose. Was it suicide? If so, why? Was it murder? If so, who did it?

7 thoughts on “The Mysterious Death of Warren G. Harding

  1. I don't have an explanation or theory, except to say that it is a dead certainly that the Bush family as well as the Republicans were involved in the murder and coverup.

  2. I heard in high school history that he died of syphillis. He was considered handsome by the ladies. He was popular with them both socially and politically, as the first elected president after women's suffrage.

    Regarding the confusion over time of death, I have two theories:
    -Wind-up watches are not accurate. The physicians' watches weren't synched.
    -No one was there to witness the president's death! Oops! No one was in the room. They all return from getting a bitter or absinthe or one of those new fangled things called “soda” and find a real dead president (not the green kind).

  3. LOL you two crack me up! I've had “Regulator” in my head since I read this posting this morning!

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