Pictured above: Senate Tea Pot Dome Investigating Comm. poses for group of movie cameramen/Library of Congress
VAV!/March 22, 2015
Amidst rumors that members of the Harding Administration had leased a rich naval oil reserve in Wyoming to private interests in return for bribes, numerous investigations, were launched. The findings of the investigations resulted in the Teapot Dome Scandal. Today, the Scandal remains as one of the most significant investigations in Senate history and an important chapter in the investigation and prosecution of alleged criminal activity by high-level government officials...
The Teapot Dome is a geological feature in Wyoming, so named for nearby Teapot Rock. It is also the site of an oil field. President Woodrow Wilson appointed the oil field as Naval Oil Reserve Number 3 in 1915. (Other reserves Number 1 and Number 2, in Elk Hills and Buena Vista Hills, California, were appointed by President William Howard Taft in 1912). Though controversial, the purpose of these reserves were created with the intention of guaranteeing the Navy sufficient supply of oil in wartime.