In the early 1920s, a portion of land in Wyoming was allocated to secure oil reserves for use by the military. President Harding transferred supervision of this program from the navy to the Dept. of the Interior under Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall. On April 7, 1922, Fall secretly granted Harry Sinclair of the Mammoth Oil Company, rights to this property. Ensuing leases to this area were granted to other oil companies. Knowledge of these illegal leases emerged which led to an investigation. View the videos below to learn about this event and its impact on the country.
Senate Historian Donald Ritchie explains the circumstances surrounding the Teapot Dome scandal.