The grandson of former US President Warren G Harding has asked a court in Ohio to allow the Republican’s body to be exhumed.
James Blaesing, Harding’s grandson with lover Nan Britton, told the court that he is seeking Harding’s exhumation as a way “to establish with scientific certainty” that he is the 29th president’s blood relation.
Harding had an extramarital affair with Britton before and during his presidency, between 1921 and 1923. It only came to light when Harding died in 1923.
However, other members of Harding’s family have denied the request.
They argue they already have accepted as fact DNA evidence that Blaesing’s mother, Elizabeth Ann Blaesing, was the daughter of Harding and Britton and that she is set to be acknowledged in an Ohio museum.
The Ohio History Connection, which manages the Harding home and memorial, said it has accepted the 2015 DNA test and have planned to include a section on Britton and Blaesing’s mother.