Encyclopedia > Teapot Dome scandal

  Article Content

Teapot Dome scandal

One of the most famous American political scandals of the 1920s was the Teapot Dome scandal, which shook the nation for many years after President Warren G. Harding's death. The scandal revolved around Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall[?]'s rental of public oil fields to private concerns, on April 7, 1922, in exchange for personal loans. Fall was convicted and in 1931 he became the first US Cabinet member to be sent to prison. He was sentenced to one year of imprisonment and was obligated to pay $100,000.

As rumors of corruption began to leak out, some members of Harding's inner circle committed suicide. When Harding died of a heart attack shortly after this, rumors surfaced that he either committed suicide or was poisoned by his wife. The alleged motives of his wife, however, had nothing to do with the Teapot Dome scandal.

External link



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Northwest Harbor, New York

... $51,469 versus $41,161 for females. The per capita income for the town is $35,112. 5.3% of the population and 4.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 78.2 ms