Politics During the 1920s

Harding was elected president in 1920 as a Republican. He wanted to tear down big buisness and start partnerships between the government and business.

Harding appointed a number of corrupt business officials. After Harding's death in 1923 from stroke, the worst scandal was uncovered. The Teapot Dome was when his Interior secretary accepted $360,000 in bribes from oil companies to give oil from federal lands to the companies, and he gave them above ground petroleum storage.

Harding was succeeded by his Vice President Calvin Coolidge. He sided with business and was repeatedly quoted saying that America is driven by business. His most notable accomplishment was the Kellogg-Brian Pact. It outlawed the use of force to settle international disputes.

"The man who builds a factory builds a temple." Calvin Coolidge

President Harding

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