Warren Harding Teapot Dome

1921 NY Times poster-like display PRESIDENT WARREN G HARDING Teapot Dome scandal


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191921 NY Times poster-like display showing the member of the Government cabinet appointed by te new US  PRESIDENT WARREN G HARDING - two of thease appointees were later to be caught up in the TEAPOT DOME political scandal- Attorney General HARRY DAUGHERTY and Secretary of the Interior ALBERT FALL- inv # 9B-107

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SEE PHOTO----- COMPLETE, ORIGINAL NEWSPAPER Sunday Rotogravure pictorial section of a newspaper, the NY Times dated Mar 6, 1921. This newspaper pictoral magazine has a front page poster-like display of photos showing the NEW CABINET members of the administration of Republican WARREN G HARDING as President of the US.

Warren Harding was sworn in as president on March 4, 1921, in the presence of his wife and father. Harding preferred a low-key inauguration, without the customary parade, leaving only the swearing-in ceremony and a brief reception at the White House. In his inaugural address he declared, "Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much from the government and at the same time do too little for it."

After the election, Harding had announced he was going on vacation, and that no decisions about appointments would be made until he returned to Marion in December. He went to Texas, where he fished and played golf with his friend Frank Scobey (soon to be Director of the Mint), then took ship for the Panama Canal Zone. He went to Washington, where he was given a hero's welcome when Congress opened in early December as the first sitting senator to be elected to the White House. Back in Ohio, he planned to consult the "best minds" of the country on appointments, and they dutifully journeyed to Marion to offer their counsel.

Harding chose pro-League Charles Evans Hughes as his Secretary of State, ignoring advice from Senator Lodge and others. After Charles G. Dawes declined the Treasury position, Harding asked Pittsburgh banker Andrew W. Mellon, one of the richest men in the country; he agreed. Harding appointed Herbert Hoover as United States Secretary of Commerce. RNC Chairman Will Hays was made Postmaster General, then a cabinet post; he would leave after a year in the position to become chief censor to the motion picture industry.

The two Harding cabinet appointees who darkened the reputation of his administration for their involvement in scandal were Harding's Senate friend, Albert B. Fall of New Mexico, the Interior Secretary, and Daugherty, who became Attorney General. Fall was a Western rancher and former miner, and was pro-development. He was opposed by conservationists such as Gifford Pinchot, who wrote, "it would have been possible to pick a worse man for Secretary of the Interior, but not altogether easy". The New York Times mocked the Daugherty appointment, stating that rather than select one of the best minds, Harding had been content "to choose merely a best friend". Eugene P. Trani and David L. Wilson, in their volume on Harding's presidency, suggest that the appointment made sense then, since Daugherty was "a competent lawyer well-acquainted with the seamy side of politics ... a first-class political troubleshooter and someone Harding could trust".

President Harding's first Cabinet, 1921
The Harding Cabinet
Office Name Term
President Warren G. Harding 1921–23
Vice President Calvin Coolidge 1921–23
Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes 1921–23
Secretary of Treasury Andrew Mellon 1921–23
Secretary of War John W. Weeks 1921–23
Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty 1921–23
Postmaster General Will H. Hays 1921–22
Hubert Work 1922–23
Harry S. New 1923
Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby 1921–23
Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall 1921–23
Hubert Work 1923
Secretary of Agriculture Henry C. Wallace 1921–23
Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover 1921–23
Secretary of Labor James J. Davis 1921–23

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