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Albert B. Fall project

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Albert B. Fall was the mastermind behind the 1920's Teapotdome scandal. When he became Warren Harding's Secretary of the Interior in 1921 he talked the Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby into letting him manage the two oil feilds. One was in Wyoming and one was in California. Once Fall gained control of the two oil felids he proposed to lease the oil feilds to two different people. He leased the Teapot Dome to the Mammoth Oil Company owned by Harry Sinclair, And leased the Elk Hills reserve to Pan American Petroleum Company owned by Edward Doheny. The two companies did not have a set lease rate, However Fall receaved a total of $400,000 from the two companines. In 1927 the scandal was exposed to the public by the senate. At this point the senate took charge of the invetagation of Fall and Thomas J. Walsh a Montana democrat. In 1929 Fall was convicted and found guilty of bribery and was sentenced to 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Harry Sinclair did not coperate with invetagators. Sinclair was charged with contempt to defruad the US goverment, his trial started on 7th October, 1927 and lasted untill

Albert B. FallThe imposter of the 1920's

with contempt to defruad the US goverment, his trial started on 7th October, 1927 and lasted untill two weeks later when goverment officals told the judge that Sinclair had hired private investagators to shadow the members of the jury. When the judge learned about this the judge declared a mistrial and Sinclare was charged with criminal contempt of the court and found guilty and senteced to six months in prison. Overall the Teapot Dome scandal represents the possibilty of corruption of American politics.

http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/hpolscrv/jzeck.html accesed on 3/17/2010, 3/19/2010

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAsinclairHF.htmaccesed on 3/17/2010, 3/19/2010

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