Warren Harding And The Teapot Dome Scandal

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The 29th president of the United States, Warren Harding, is known for very few things including having one of the worst presidencies in history and being part of arguably the biggest financial scandal in the U.S. The Teapot Dome scandal is the leasing of three oil reserves, that were property of the Department of the Navy, to Sinclair and Doheny. Albert Fall was the one who made the deal with Sinclair and Doheny because he was having financial issues and they were going to give him no-interest loans and gifts. Warren Harding ended up becoming a pawn for Sinclair and Doheny to make these transfers happen. Harding was a huge piece in the scandal and had a large impact whether he was a knowledgeable player in the purchases and coverup or not. First, because of Harding’s ignorance, he likely would have slipped up and revealed the truth behind the scandal. This would have sped up the legal process immensely and could have revealed more details behind the scandal. Harding was not the main player in the scandal which meant the scandal wasn’t absolutely destroyed after his passing and …show more content…

Fall would request that everyone should respect the fallen president and not hurt his name. They thought it would be disrespectful to insult the character of a dead president and were very hesitant to proceed. Fall would think of Harding’s death as a “happy accident” because it bought him some time and created a slight distraction. If Harding would not have passed, the public and prosecutors would not have been hesitant to pursue the scandal and attack Harding’s character. After Harding’s death, Thomas Walsh continued his investigation, but many people in the senate are unwilling to support him because of the president’s death. The senate would have probably backed Walsh up and maybe even have pushed the investigation forward had Harding not

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