Teapot Dome Scandal

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Teapot Dome Scandal
Misuses of power for private gain had been rampant in the Harding Administration. The extent of these infractions only became clear with the public disclosure of the "Teapot Dome Scandal." A naval oil reserve was leased to private individuals by the Secretary of the Interior. He was convicted and sentenced to a year in prison.
The Teapot Dome Scandal was part of a larger pattern of misconduct that had taken place during the Harding Administration. In early 1923, Colonel Charles Forbes was found guilty of stealing from the government. It was estimated that he and his accomplices stole tens of millions of dollars in connection with the building of a Veteran's hospital.

The Teapot Dome Scandal itself began when Secretary of Interior Albert Fall convinced Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby to transfer to him the control of the Naval Reserves at Teapot Dome, Wyoming and Elk Hills, California. Fall then leased the land to oilmen Harry Sinclair and Edward L. Dohenry, after receiving a $100,000 bribe.

Fall was ultimately convicted of receiving a bribe, and served one year in prison. Sinclair and Dohenry were found not guilty.