Never Forget - Teapot Dome Scandal t-shirt

Never Forget - Teapot Dome Scandal t-shirt

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Oil, Corruption, and Felonies. A truly American political story.

“I say, have you heard about that terrible corruption scandal over the oil fields out west? Seems to me that Harding’s administration is just a bunch of corrupt jackrabbit’s who ought to be thrown out on their ear.

You know what I think? I think every single scandal that ever happens hereafter should be called some sort of weird hybrid name. Think of the possibilities.. Water-pot scandal, Benghazi-pot, even Deflate-pot.

Of course it doesn’t make sense! Teapot Dome is a place, but don’t let that get in the way of selling a few newspapers!”

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Historical Background

Amidst a solemn courtroom, a federal jury officially branded $100,000 of the $300,000 “loaned” by oil barons Edward Doheny and Harry F. Sinclair to their friend, Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall, a bribe.

Teapot Dome in Wyoming, along with Elk Hills and Buena Vista Hills in California, were previously designated as Naval Oil reserves by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915 to ensure the U.S. Navy would have a sufficient oil supplies in wartime.

After being appointed by his poker buddy, President Warren G. Harding, Albert Fall attempted to open Alaska’s land to private development or take the National Forests under his department. He was quickly thwarted by conservationists led by Harry Slattery, Gifford Pinchot, and Senator Robert La Follette.

Not swayed from his nefarious designs, Fall convinced Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby to allow the transfer of the nation’s oil reserves to the Department of the Interior only to secretly sign contracts with Sinclair’s Mammoth Oil Company and Doheny’s Pan-American Petroleum Company.

Fall, who had previously filed for bankruptcy, was the first cabinet member in American History to be convicted of a felony and the Teapot Dome scandal was just one of many that seemed to pile up during Harding’s administration.