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The Harding administration

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The Harding administration.  Although he was affable and popular, Harding's naivete made him a disaster as  president. Mindful of his own weaknesses, he tried to select the best men possible for  his cabinet, with Charles Evans Hughes as Secretary of State, Henry C. Wallace as  Secretary of Agriculture, Herbert Hoover as Secretary of Commerce, and Andrew  Mellon as Secretary of the Treasury. These men were responsible for the  accomplishments of Harding's brief administration, which included stimulating business  growth, cutting taxes, and negotiating disarmament treaties.  Several of Harding's other appointments left much to be desired, however, and resulted  in major scandals that rocked the government. Charles Forbes, for example, headed the  newly formed Veteran's Bureau, even though he had carefully avoided the draft. He was  convicted of fraud and related felonies involving the agency's hospital construction 
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Unformatted text preview: funds. Meanwhile, Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was at the center of the Teapot Dome scandal, in which he secretly leased naval oil reserves at Teapot Dome, Wyoming, and Elk Hills, California, to private companies headed by Edward Doheny and Harry F. Sinclair in return for no-interest, noncollateral “loans.” After resigning his office, Fall was convicted of bribery, and the government canceled the leases. The administration was further disgraced when Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty was implicated in a bribery case involving an official in the Alien Property Office and indicted but acquitted for taking money from liquor dealers evading Prohibition. Harding was not directly involved with the corruption, and he died in office (August 2, 1923) before the charges against his appointees became public....
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  • Fall '08
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  • Charles Evans Hughes, harding administration, Interior Albert Fall, Henry C. Wallace, Prohibition. Harding, government. Charles Forbes

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