United States and American History: 1923

About the history of the United States in 1923, President Warren G. Harding and the Teapot Dome Scandal, Indianapolis 500, Oklahoma governor and the Ku Klux Klan.


-President Warren G. Harding, lamenting because his friends had been indicated and he was legally unable to save them from jail, said: "My God, this is a hell of a job! I have no trouble with my enemies. But my damn friends, they're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights."

-Henry R. Luce and Briton Hadden founded Time, a cleverly written, weekly news-review magazine.

June 11 Tommy Milton of St. Paul, Minn., won the 500-mi. Indianapolis race, averaging 91.4 mph. He collected the $35,000 1st-place money.

Oct. Governor Walton of Oklahoma attempted to use the force of his office to fight the Ku Klux Klan, which he said had been responsible for 2,500 floggings in one year. However, the Oklahoma legislators opposed him, passed a bill of impeachment and suspended him as governor. The Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the suspension and he was removed from office.

Oct. 25 The Senate subcommittee to investigate Teapot Dome oil leases met for the 1st time. Chairman Sen. Thomas J. Walsh of Montana had been studying the case for some 18 months and during that time public interest had subsided, but it revived quickly as the investigation got under way.

Nov. 6 A patent was issued to Col. Jacob Schick for the 1st electric shaver.

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