Teapot Dome Scandal feature

Library of Congress: W.W. Cut, oil expert and geologist, who gave the Senate oil comm. valuable information about the Teapot Dome oil lands

The Teapot Dome Scandal

By April 15, 1922

By introducing a resolution to investigate the dealings of the Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall, Senator John Kendrick of Wyoming helped to expose the Teapot Dome Scandal. The scandal was brought to national attention by the Wall Street Journal which claimed that the Secretary had leased U.S naval petroleum reserve at Wyoming’s Teapot Dome to a private oil company without competitive bidding. Senator Thomas Walsh of Montana led the inquiry. Fall became the first former cabinet officer to be sent to jail for crimes committed while in office.


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