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WARREN G HARDING Prohibition Prohibition a legal ban on the manufacture sale and transportation of alcohol was adopted on a national level with the ratification of the 18th amendment to the US Constitution January 16 1919 It became law one year later as per the conditions of the amendment Prohibition was repealed by adoption of the 21st amendment on December 5 1933 HARDING WARREN G 1865-1923 Warren Harding was the 29th president of the United States He was inaugurated on March 4 1921 Hardings administration was riddled with scandals The conduct of several of his cabinet members brought considerable criticism against the president and the Republican party The Teapot Dome Affair was perhaps the most important scandal of Hardings administration After jurisdiction over naval oil reserves were transferred to the Department of the Interior secretary Albert B Fall leased Teapot Dome to oil interests in exchange for a bribe He eventually spent time in a federal prison because of his actions The incident also resulted in the resignation of Secretary of Navy Edwin N Denby who had consented to the transfer of the reserves Attorney General Daugherty was charged with receiving payments from prohibition violators and was forced to resign by Calvin Coolidge Hardings successor Hardings wife Florence Kling de Wolfe was a powerful and controlling influence A woman of wealth and influence many believed that she forged Hardings political career Their marriage was a stormy one and Harding had several affairs These included fathering a child by Nan Britton a woman 30 years his junior In the summer of 1923 Harding was visiting Alaska when he received a coded message from Washington The contents so distressed him that he collapsed Corruption within his administration was far worse then he had thought and he planned an immediate return to Washington When he reached San Francisco however he became gravely ill Harding
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