*Feature photo: 1924 cartoon depicting Washington officials racing down an oil-slicked road to the White House, trying to outpace the Teapot Dome Scandal. h/t The Granger Collection, New York via Britannica.com* Here is an interesting little FlashbackFriday tidbit we stumbled upon today ... On this date in 1922, Wyoming Democratic Senator John Kendrick
introduced a resolution that began the Teapot Dome Scandal investigation.
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*Kendrick is shown in this January 1915 photo — now 101 years old — giving
his first speech as Wyoming's then-newest governor, on the front steps at
the iconic Capitol building in Cheyenne. h/t WyoHistory*
Teapot Dome is located between Casper and Sheridan, near Midwest. This
controversy was named for an oil reserve near a rock formation north of
Casper that looked just like a teapot at the time.
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*Teapot Rock in the 1920s, before the "spout" broke off the formation that
gave its name to Teapot Dome. h/t Wyoming Tales and Trails.*
The Teapot Dome Scandal, also called Oil Reserves Scandal or Elk Hills
Scandal, involved the secret leasing of federal oil reserves by the
secretary of the interior, Albert Bacon Fall. After Pres. Warren G. Harding
transferred supervision of the naval oil-reserve lands from the navy to the
Department of the Interior in 1921, Fall secretly granted to Harry F.
Sinclair of the Mammoth Oil Company exclusive rights to the Teapot Dome
reserves on April 7, 1922, according to Britannica
“Teapot Dome” has since entered the American political vocabulary as a
synonym for "governmental corruption," Britannica says.