Warren G. Harding's Death: Conspiracy Or Heart Attack? Did His Wife Poison Him?

By | August 2, 2020

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President-elect Warren G. Harding and his wife, Florence, look over election reports following the 1920 presidential election. Harding served as president from 1921–1923. (Getty Images)

In the history of the United States, eight presidents have died while in office. Four of them (Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, James Garfield, and John F. Kennedy) were assassinated, while the other four (William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Roosevelt, and Warren G. Harding) succumbed to illness. Supposedly, at least. Plenty of people think Warren Harding is on the wrong list, and shockingly, they point the finger at Harding's own wife.

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Warren G. Harding was the 29th president. (Library of Congress)

President Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding, a rural Republican from Ohio, took the office in 1921. Although the American people generally liked Harding, his administration was hit with several scandals, including allegations of bribery in the Teapot Dome incident. His political appointments were based on nepotism and favoritism, and he allowed his cabinet member to assume nearly total control of their departments so he could spend more time golfing and fishing. Historians typically rank him among the worst U.S. presidents.