Teapot Dome Scandal 1920

The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country

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Mix hundreds of millions of dollars in petroleum reserves; rapacious oil barons and crooked politicians; under-the-table payoffs; murder, suicide, and blackmail; White House cronyism; and the excesses of the Jazz Age. The result: the granddaddy of all American political scandals, Teapot Dome.

In The Teapot Dome Scandal, acclaimed author Laton McCartney tells the amazing, complex, and at times ribald story of how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third president. Harding and his so-called “oil cabinet” made it possible for the oilmen to secure vast oil reserves that had been set aside for use by the U.S. Navy. In exchange, the oilmen paid off senior government officials, bribed newspaper publishers, and covered the GOP campaign debt.

When news of the scandal finally emerged, the consequences were disastrous for the nation and for the principles in the plot to bilk the taxpayers: Harding’s administration was hamstrung; Americans’ confidence in their government plummeted; Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was indicted, convicted, and incarcerated; and others implicated in the affair suffered similarly dire fates. Stonewalling by members of Harding’s circle kept a lid on the story–witnesses developed “faulty” memories or fled the country, and important documents went missing–but contemporary records newly made available to McCartney reveal a shocking, revelatory picture of just how far-reaching the affair was, how high the stakes, and how powerful the conspirators.

In giving us a gimlet-eyed but endlessly entertaining portrait of the men and women who made a tempest of Teapot Dome, Laton McCartney again displays his gift for faithfully rendering history with the narrative touch of an accomplished novelist.

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'Bradley Palmer, The Man Himself' tour on Friday mornings in Topsfield 07/16/15, via Wicked Local Middleton

He represented President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 and acted as an attorney for Sinclair Oil during the Teapot Dome scandal in the 1920s. According to Weil, Palmer was also “a man of mystery” with several quirks. He insisted 


It's Time To Set A Fair Price for Exploiting Federal Lands 06/25/15, via Newsweek

When the federal government last changed its royalty rate for oil and gas production on America's public lands, Standard Oil's monopoly had only recently been broken, Ford's Model A still had not rolled off the assembly line, the Teapot Dome scandal

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The Teapot Dome Scandal

The Teapot Dome Scandal

Published by Capstone 2007

ISBN 0756533368,9780756533366
96 pages

Chronicles the 1921 scandal in which Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall leased oil reserves without competitive bidding in exchange for sizeable sums of money.

Worst President Ever

Who would you say is the worst U. S. president ever. I suspect that liberals asked that question would answer George W. Bush or maybe Richard Nixon. Conservatives might respond with Barack Obama or Lyndon Johnson, but according to Robert Merry at the National Interest it's none of these, although in his mind Bush comes close. In fact, his answer will perhaps surprise most readers, but here's a hint: It won't surprise faithful listeners of Glenn Beck's radio program. Here's how Merry begins his very interesting column: If you wanted to identify, with confidence, the very worst president in American history, how would you go about it. One approach would be to consult the various academic polls on presidential... Most of those surveys identify Warren G. Harding of Ohio as the worst ever. Harding presided over very robust economic times. Not only that, but he inherited a devastating economic recession when he was elected in 1920 and quickly turned bad times into good times, including a 14 percent GDP growth rate in 1922. Labor and racial unrest declined markedly during his watch. He led the country into no troublesome wars. There was, of course, the Teapot Dome scandal that implicated major figures in his administration, but there was never any evidence that the president himself participated in any venality. As Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, put it, “Harding wasn’t a bad man. The academic surveys also consistently place near the bottom James Buchanan, of Pennsylvania. Now here’s a man who truly lacked character and watched helplessly as his country descended into the worst crisis of its history. He stepped into the presidency with a blatant lie to the American people. In his inaugural address, he promised he would accept whatever judgment the Supreme Court rendered in the looming Dred Scott case. What he didn’t tell the American people was that he already knew what that judgment was going to be (gleaned through highly inappropriate conversations with justices). But Buchanan’s failed presidency points to what may be a pertinent distinction in assessing presidential failure. Buchanan was crushed by events that proved too powerful for his own weak leadership. And so the country moved inexorably into one of the worst crises in its history. But Buchanan didn’t create the crisis. That illustrates the difference between failure of omission and failure of commission—the difference between presidents who couldn’t handle gathering crises and presidents who actually created the crises.

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Harding home chronicles 29th president - 07/19/15, via Vindy.com

The couple resided there for nearly three decades before Harding was elected president in 1920. These items range from the 1899 ... was marred by corruption, including the Teapot Dome scandal, Harding’s election victory and presidency were characterized ...

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He represented President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 and acted as an attorney for Sinclair Oil during the Teapot Dome scandal in the 1920s. According to Weil, Palmer was also “a man of mystery” with several quirks. He insisted ...

Sheridan Man at Heart of 1920s Scandal - 05/30/15, via Sheridan Media

The Teapot Dome scandal broke in 1924. The Dome, located in Natrona County, was one of two oil reserves – Elk Hills was the other – set aside as a reserve of petroleum for the U.S. Navy. Originally under the Navy's control, they were transferred to the ...


  1. Teapot Dome scandal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Teapot Dome scandal was a bribery incident that took place in the United States from 1921 to 1924, during the administration of President Warren G. Harding ...
  2. The Teapot Dome Scandal | WyoHistory.org Although the Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s was named for a Wyoming rock formation resembling a teapot, the wrongdoers were not from the state. During the ...
  3. Teapot Dome Scandal | United States history | Britannica.com Teapot Dome Scandal, also called Oil Reserves Scandal or Elk Hills Scandal, Teapot Dome Scandal: cartoon The Granger Collection, New York in American history, scandal ...
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