Warren G Hardings Mysterious death



Warren G. Harding was born on November 2, 1865, on a farm near Blooming grove,
Ohio. Harding wasn’t always into politics. He started in teaching and selling insurance before
becoming a lawyer. In 1884 Harding borrowed three hundred dollars to buy a struggling
newspaper, the Marion Ohio Star. (Anthony, Carl. American Heritage pg. 2) He was editor
and business manager. Under his guidance the paper began to prosper. Harding got to know
local community leaders and political bosses. Harding’s life took a dramatic change when he
met Florence Kling DeWolfe.
In 1891, Harding married her. Since Florence Harding was the daughter of the richest
man in Marion, she was able to pull some strings making him an important figure in the
community. Because of his wives urging he decided to embark upon a political career. He was
soon elected to the state senate in 1900 and also became lieutenant governor in 1903.(Anthony,
Carl. American Heritage pg. 4) After he lost an election for governor in 1910 he was soon
going to meet the next important person in his life.
He soon met Harry M. Daughterty, a lobbyist and political strategist. Along with Mrs.
Harding , the two worked as a team to boast Harding’s political career. Finally in 1914 with
Daughterty as his campaign manager, Harding successfully ran for a seat in the United Sates
Senate.(Groiler Online - American Presidency pg. 3)
Although he was against high taxes and federal regulation of business, Harding made no
memorable speeches in the senate nor did he sponsor any important legislation. He spent a
good deal of his time seeking government jobs for his friends, soon known as the “Ohio Gang”.
Early in 1920, when Republicans began to seek a presidential candidate Harding’s name was
brought up a couple of times. Harding didn’t want such recognition. All he wanted was to
remain in the senate, where he was enjoying himself. But, like before, his ambitious wife
convinced him that he should have higher goals for himself.(Sullivan, George. Unsolved! II pg.
54)
Harding was soon nominated to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. Then in
November of that year, Harding easily defeated James Cox, the Democrats candidate. All was
going well for the new president, he cut high taxes and removed controls that had been place on
some business that had been in effect since World War I.(Ferrell, Robert H. The Strange
Deaths pg. 36) His campaign headed by his “Back to Normalcy” slogan was soon in danger
after some of his “Ohio Gang” betrayed the president in their quest for money and position.
Fear and suspicion spread like an epidemic.
Two words will be forever linked to Harding’s administration : Teapot Dome, the name
of the Wyoming naval oil reserve that secretary of Interior Albert Fall secretly leased to the oil
tycoons Edward Doheny and Harry Sinclair in return for more than 400,000$ in bribes. When
Harding learned of the influence peddling, bootlegging, and other nefarious activities of Jess
Smith the Attorney General and Harry Daugherty, he immediately removed smith from his inner
circle. The most damaging scandal of all, though a less colorful one, involved the exorbitant,
profiteering of Charlie Forbes, the head of the Veterans Bureau. He had resold medical supplies
and hospital building site contracts.(Ferrell, Robert H. The Strange Deaths pg. 78)
Fearing that word of these scandals would get out, he started out on the “Voyage of
Understanding”(), where he would travel across the United States, into Canada, and to the
territory of Alaska. He stopped to talk to them for support and about trying to gain a new state,
Alaska. His theory was why would they impeach someone who had all of them supporting him.
About a week after his visit to Alaska he suddenly died. “ stroke of apoplexy” was given as the
cause of death. The Newspapers called it a “Death Stroke”.

The Final Moments of Warren G. Harding’s life started to go downhill two months
before his death. On June 20, 1923, the President, his wife, and some 63 officials, aids, and
reporters boarded the train that would take his accorded the continent on his “Voyage of
Understanding”.() After boarding the U.S.S. Henderson, a navy transport, the presidential party
sailed for Metlakahla, Alaska. While there he gave a speech to the Alaskan territory saying that
“One Day you too will be able to call yourself part of the United States.”(Sullivan, George.
Unsolved! II pg. 62)
During his stay in Alaska, Harding received a message in code from Washington DC
about the Senate investigating into oil leases.(Sullivan,