Warren Harding Teapot Dome


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Three (3) 1920 newspapers with front-page BOLD STACKED HEADLINES & long detailed articles on the election of WARREN G. HARDING to the Presidency of the United States! harding would usher in the ROARING 1920s and see an unprecidented rise in crime and scandal during his tenure as a result of the newly enacted PROHIBITION amendment to the US Constitution!! Also a GREAT ful page AD for Republican WARREN G HARDING !!!

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SEE PHOTO----- THREE COMPLETE, ORIGINAL NEWSPAPERS, the Lewiston Evening Journal (Lewiston, ME) dated October 30, November 2 & 4, 1920 with front-page BOLD STACKED HEADLINES & long detailed articles on the election of WARREN G. HARDING to the Presidency of the United States! harding would usher in the ROARING 1920s and see an unprecidented rise in crime and scandal during his tenure as a result of the newly enacted PROHIBITION amendment to the US Constitution!! Harding's reputation would also suffer from the nation's most infamous politcal corruption scandal until the days of RICHARD NIXON, 50 years into the future. The TEA POT DOME scandal cost Harding's reputation dearly posthumously despite the fact that he died one of the most popular presidents in US history!

THREE (3) HISTORIC Displayable 1920 newspapers announcing BOLDLY Election of Warren G. Harding as the 29th President of the United States, ushering the ROARING 1920s!!

The scandal which has likely done the greatest damage to Harding's reputation is Teapot Dome. Like most of the administration's scandals, it came to light after Harding's death, and he was not aware of the illegal aspects. Teapot Dome involved an oil reserve in Wyoming which was one of three set aside for the use of the Navy in a national emergency. There was a longstanding argument that the reserves should be developed; Wilson's first Interior Secretary Franklin Knight Lane was an advocate of this position. When the Harding administration took office, Interior Secretary Fall took up Lane's argument and Harding signed an executive order in May 1921 transferring the reserves from the Navy Department to Interior. This was done with the consent of Navy SecretaryEdwin C. Denby.

The Interior Department announced in July 1921 that Edward Doheny had been awarded a lease to drill along the edges of naval reserve Elk Hills in California. The announcement attracted little controversy, as the oil would have been lost to wells on adjacent private land. Wyoming Senator John Kendrick had heard from constituents that Teapot Dome had also been leased, but no announcement had been made. The Interior Department refused to provide documentation, so he secured the passage of a Senate resolution compelling disclosure. The department sent a copy of the lease granting drilling rights to Harry Sinclair's Mammoth Oil Company, along with a statement that there had been no competitive bidding because military preparedness was involved—Mammoth was to build oil tanks for the Navy as part of the deal. This satisfied some people, but some conservationists, such as Gifford Pinchot, Harry A. Slattery, and others, pushed for a full investigation into Fall and his activities. They got Wisconsin Senator Robert M. La Follette Sr. to begin a Senate investigation into the oil leases. La Follette persuaded Democratic Montana Senator Thomas J. Walsh to lead the investigation, and Walsh read through the truckload of material provided by the Interior Department through 1922 into 1923, including a letter from Harding stating that the transfer and leases had been with his knowledge and approval.

Hearings into Teapot Dome began in October 1923, after Harding's death. Fall had left office earlier that year, but he denied receiving any money from Sinclair or Doheny; Sinclair agreed. The following month, Walsh learned that Fall had spent lavishly on expanding and improving his New Mexico ranch. Fall reappeared and stated that the money had come as a loan from Harding's friend and The Washington Post publisher Edward B. McLean, but McLean denied it when he testified. Doheny told the committee that he had given Fall the money in cash as a personal loan out of regard for their past association, but Fall invoked the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when he was compelled to appear again, rather than answer questions.

Investigators found that Fall and a relative had received a total of about $400,000 from Doheny and Sinclair, and that the transfers were contemporaneous with the controversial leases.Fall was ultimately convicted in 1929 for accepting bribes and, in 1931, became the first U.S. cabinet member to be imprisoned for crimes committed while in office. Sinclair was convicted only of contempt of court for jury tampering. Doheny was brought to trial before a jury in April 1930 for giving the bribe which Fall had been convicted of accepting, but he was acquitted.

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