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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.
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<p>In 1920, Ohioan Warren Gamaliel Harding won election as President of the United States. As president, for the most part, Harding proved President Harding’s legacy largely still is tied to be a poor manager of the federal governmentTeapot Dome Scandal. He delegated authority to his cabinet officials. These men became known as The scandal received its name from the "Ohio ganggovernment-owned oil fields in Teapot Dome," because they supposedly were a gang of thieves from OhioWyoming. In realityOil lands in Elk Hills, most of the men linked to the Ohio gang were not from Harding's home stateCa. Unfortunately for Harding and the country, many of also were included under the president's cabinet officials proved to be unscrupulous, causing a great deal of distrust among the U.S. public of their government officials. It is unclear, however, how much Harding knew of his subordinates' actionsTeapot Dome umbrella. </p> <p>Perhaps, the worst scandal The upshot of Harding's administration was the Teapot Dome Scandal, named for was the Teapot Dome oilfield in Wyoming. accusation that Harding’s Secretary of the Interior , Albert B. Fall, a Kentuckian, rented had bypassed the open bid process in awarding leases for government lands oil land to private oil companies in return for personal loans and gifts. The land in question existed in California and Wyoming. The federal practice of leasing government currently was holding oil under this land as a reserve for was common because of the United States Navypassage of the General Leasing Act under President Wilson.</p><p>Fall, but Fall decided who had been a well respected senator from New Mexico prior to lease his two-year stint in Interior, allegedly had routed the land illegally leases to Mammoth Oil Company and to the Pan American Petroleum Company two oil companies in return for the personal loans. In the end, Fall received approximately 404a $100,000 dollars in loans or gifts from these two oil companiesgift. Eventually At the United States end of a lengthy Senate launched an investigation of Fall's actions. He and ensuing trial, he was found guilty convicted of accepting money in return for the oil leases. Fall was convictedbribe, sentenced to a year in jail and fined $100,000 dollars and sentenced to ; one year oilman spent six months in prison. The oilfields were returned to jail for perjury; the United States Navyother was acquitted of giving Fall the bribe. </p>
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