President Warren G. Hardy was involved in a rigorous speaking campaign
he dubbed the “Voyage of Understanding” during the summer of 1923. After giving a speech to 25,000 people in a stadium at the University of Washington (what would be his final speech), President Hardy fell ill. On the evening of August 2, 1923, President Hardy’s wife began to read a glowing review on him. When she momentarily paused, President Harding spoke his final words: “That’s good, read some more.”
On August 2, 1923, Vice President Calvin Coolidge was at his family homestead in Vermont. His home had neither electricity nor a telephone, so he received the word about President Harding’s death through messenger. The inauguration of the 30th United States President took place in John Coolidge’s family parlor illuminated by a kerosene lamp at 2:47 am on August 3, 1923. It was Coolidge’s own father, John Calvin Coolidge Sr., a Vermont Notary Public, who administered the oath of office.