This American president’s administration was rocked by the Elk Hills Scandal.
Warren G. Harding
Ulysses S. Grant
Warren G. Harding. The administration of President Warren G. Harding was rocked by the Elk Hills Scandal?also known as the Teapot Dome Scandal or Oil Reserves Scandal. In 1921 and 1922 Harding’s secretary of the interior, Albert B. Fall secretly granted Mammoth Oil exclusive rights to Wyoming’s Teapot Dome oil reserves and portions of the California’s Elk Hills and Buena Vista Hills reserves to American Petroleum, in exchange for some $300,000. Supervision of the oil reserves had been transferred from the Navy to the Department of the Interior in 1921. Fall was imprisoned for accepting a bribe in the Elk Hills case and the Supreme court ruled Harding’s transfer illegal.
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