|Cause of Death||Age||Burial Location||President Grave #|
|Heart attack||57||Marion, Ohio||23rd in my collection|
* Believed by many women of the day to be one of America's handsomest presidents, Warren Harding's good looks could not overshadow his corrupt administration. Harding appointed many of his friends from back home to his Presidential Cabinet, and they were not fit to hold such positions. Dubbed the "Ohio Gang", they took advantage of their newfound power and used it to achieve personal gain. One notable affair took place when Charles Forbes, Harding's hand-picked director of the Veterans Bureau, took supplies belonging to veterans hospitals and sold them well below face value. Between that and his kickbacks, Forbes was able to make a pretty penny, though he served a two year jail sentence.
* The most well-known scandal that developed during Harding's term was the Teapot Dome Scandal, which involved his secretary of the interior, Albert Fall. Secretary Fall was accused and then convicted of taking bribes as well as leasing public oil fields to businessmen, both of whom were associates of Fall. Henry Sinclair of Mammoth Oil was leased the Teapot Dome Oil Field, while Edward Daugherty received Elk Hills Oil Field and Buena Vista Oil Field. The areas were also Naval oil reserves, meaning that they were permitted to use the oil produced in the fields in the case of an emergency. Albert Fall eventually landed in prison, and it is not known to what extent President Harding was aware of the ordeal. The scandal, which resulted in a government investigation, was a great blow to Harding's respectability, although it had no substantial impact until after his death.
* Though he still remained popular at the time, the president's reputation had taken a hit, and Harding embarked on what he called a "Voyage of Understanding". A cross-country trek that took him to the West Coast, its purpose was so that Harding could reach out to Americans and promote and explain his decisions and policies. While on the trip, Harding visited Alaska, becoming the first president to do so. The trip was a strain on his already weakened constitution, though, and he became ill. While a doctor had surmised that Harding had contracted food poisoning, brought on by some tainted crab meat, he had, in reality, come down with pneumonia. Worsening further, Harding's train traveled down the coast, and the president checked into San Francisco's Palace Hotel on July 29th. Several days later, as his wife was reading a newspaper article to him, the president passed away in his bed. The first lady refused to permit an autopsy to be performed on her husband, leading many to believe that she had poisoned him. Today, it is believed that Harding succumbed to a heart attack.
First Lady: Florence Mabel Kling Harding
- Spouse: Florence Mabel Kling Harding (m. 1891-1923)
Political Party: Republican Party
Vice President: John Calvin Coolidge, Jr.
Last Words: "That's good. Go on, read some more."