President Harding’s Final Moments

On a cross-country trip in 1923 to whip up support for his reelection, Warren G. Harding looked exhausted. He was ordered to bed when he and his wife reached San Francisco. On the evening of August 2, his wife sought to cheer him up by reading a complimentary article about him in the Post.

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—From “Calm Review of a Calm Man” by Samuel G. Blythe,  from the  July 28, 1923, issue of The Saturday Evening Post

This man Harding is neither noisy nor brilliant, in the showy acceptance of that term. He is not loud and declamatory. He is a modest man — too modest no doubt — and a calm man, and a man with a philosophy that has not worked out so badly, as will be shown.

What do the people want? They have prosperity. They have economy in government. They have a fine type of American for president, a human, understandable, modest, kindly man, with all the reserve force needed to govern capably.

Postscript: After hearing the article, Harding smiled and said, “That’s good. Go on, read some more.” They were his last words. He died from cardiac arrest moments later.

Read “A Calm Review of a Calm Man” from the July 28, 1923 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.


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