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<div>The Teapot Dome scandal of the 1920s involved national security, big oil companies and bribery and corruption at the highest levels of the government of the United States.</div>
<div>The US Navy realized that they needed something better and more efficient than coal to fuel their ships- they created petroleum-powered ships. These ships would not need coaling stations.</div>
<div>Congress set aside federally owned lands in oil deposits. these “naval petroleum reserves” would not be drilled unless a national emergency made it necessary.</div>
<div> One of the petroleum reserves set aside was near Salt Creek, wyoming; a place named for an unusual rock formation nearby—Teapot Dome. The "dome" is formed by several layers of indigenous rock</div>
<div>Fall, New Mexico’s first U.S. senator, accepted the cabinet post. He convinced President Harding to allow transfer of the naval petroleum reserves from the Navy to the Department of the Interior.</div>
<div>Secretary Fall, once the Teapot Dome oil field was under his control, made secret deals with two prominent oilmen, Edward Doheny and Harry Sinclair. Both men paid him bribes to authorize them to drill in the naval petroleum reserves</div>
<div>Both Sinclair and Doheny were exonerated of the main charge—giving bribes to Fall. the two wealthy oilmen were found not guilty. Sinclair was sentenced to a 9-month prison term not for bribery but for contempt of Congress.</div>
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