Teapot Dome Scandal

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| caption = Harry M. Daugherty and Warren G. Harding at Harding's home in Marion, Ohio during the 1920 presidential campaign. He served as a campaign adviser to Harding. After Harding was elected he appointed Daugherty Attorney General, a cabinet post that Daugherty held from 1921-1924. He resigned amid charges that he was involved in a conspiracy to defraud the government known as the Teapot Dome scandal.
<p>In 1920, Ohioan Warren Gamaliel Harding won election as President of the United States. President Harding’s legacy largely still is tied to the Teapot Dome Scandal. The scandal received its name from the government-owned oil fields in Teapot Dome, Wyoming. Oil lands in Elk Hills, Ca., also were included under the Teapot Dome umbrella.</p>
<p>The upshot of the Teapot Dome Scandal was the accusation that Harding’s Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall, had bypassed the open bid process in awarding leases for government oil land to private oil companies. The practice of leasing government oil land was common because of the passage of the General Leasing Act under President Wilson.</p>
<p>Fall, who had been a well respected senator from New Mexico prior to his two-year stint in Interior, allegedly had routed the leases to two oil companies in return for a $100,000 gift. At the end of a lengthy Senate investigation and ensuing trial, he was convicted of accepting the bribe, sentenced to a year in jail and fined $100,000; one oilman spent six months in jail for perjury; the other was acquitted of giving Fall the bribe.
==See Also==
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*[[Harry M. Daugherty]]
*[[Ohio Gang]]
*[[Warren G. Harding]]
*[[ United States Senate Notes on the Teapot Dome Scandal]]
In 1920==References==<div class="referencesText">#Anthony, Ohioan Warren Gamaliel Harding won election as president of the United StatesCarl Sferrazza. As president<city><place><em>Florence</em></place></city><em> Harding: The First Lady, for the most part, Harding proved to be a poor manager of the federal government. He delegated authority to his cabinet officials. These men became known as Jazz Age and the Death of<country- Ohio gang, region><place>America</place></country- because they supposedly were a gang of thieves from Ohioregion>'s Most Scandalous President</em>. In reality<place><city>New York</city>, most of the men linked to the Ohio gang were not from Harding's home <state>NY</state></place>: W. Morrow &amp; Co. Unfortunately for Harding and the country, many of the president's cabinet officials proved to be unscrupulous1998. &nbsp;#Daugherty, causing a great deal Henry Micajah. <em> The Inside Story of distrust among the American people of their government officialsHarding Tragedy</em>. It is unclearNew York, howeverNY: The Churchill Company, how much Harding knew of his subordinates' actions1932.&nbsp; Perhaps#Mee, the worst scandal of Harding's administration was the Teapot Dome ScandalCharles L., named for the Teapot Dome oilfield in WyomingJr. Secretary <em>The Ohio Gang: The World of the Interior Albert BWarren G. Harding</em>. Fall<strong>&nbsp;</strong>New York, a KentuckianNY: M. Evans, rented government lands to oil companies in return for personal loans and gifts1981. The land in question existed in California and Wyoming#Murray, Robert K. <em>The federal government currently was holding oil under this land as a reserve for the United States Navy, but Fall decided to lease the land illegally to Mammoth Oil Company Harding Era: Warren G. Harding and to the Pan American Petroleum Company in return for the personal loansHis Administration</em>. In the endMinneapolis, Fall received approximately 404University of Minnesota Press,000 dollars in loans or gifts from these two oil companies1969. Eventually the United States Senate launched an investigation of Fall's actions&nbsp;#Murray, Robert K. He was found guilty <em>The Politics of accepting money Normalcy: Governmental Theory and Practice in return for the oil leasesHarding-Coolidge Era</em>. Fall was convictedNew York, fined 100NY: Norton, 1973.&nbsp;#Trani, Eugene P,000 dollars and sentenced to one year in prisonDavid L. Wilson. <em>The oilfields were returned to the United States NavyPresidency of Warren G.Harding</em>. Lawrence: Regents Press of Kansas, 1977.&nbsp;</div>[[Category:History Events]] [[Category:The Progressive Era]][[Category:Business and Industry]][[Category:Government and Politics]]