1923 – Secretary Fall resigns in Teapot Dome scandal


Albert Fall, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, resigns in response to public outrage over the Teapot Dome scandal. Fall’s resignation illuminated a deeply corrupt relationship between western developers and the federal government.

Born in Kentucky in 1861, Albert Fall moved to New Mexico in 1887 because doctors told him the dry desert air would improve his health. Fall thrived in his new home, quickly building up a large ranching operation near Las Cruces and investing in silver mining and other ventures. By the turn of the century, Fall was a well-respected and powerful western businessman, and he used his considerable resources to win a seat in the U.S. Senate when New Mexico became a state in 1912.

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Secretary Fall resigns in Teapot Dome scandal

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HISTORY

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https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/secretary-fall-resigns-in-teapot-dome-scandal

Access Date

January 1, 2023

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A&E Television Networks

Last Updated

December 21, 2021

Original Published Date

November 16, 2009