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Fall, Albert B.
Albert Bacon Fall (1861–1944) was a Republican U.S. senator from New Mexico until 1921, when he was appointed secretary of the interior by President Warren G. Harding. Fall's tenure as secretary of the interior ended in disgrace as he was eventually convicted of accepting bribes to allow private drilling on naval oil reserves in what became known as the Teapot Dome scandal.
Fall was born November 26, 1861, in Frankfurt, Kentucky. His parents were teachers, but Fall was essentially self-educated and credited his love for books to his paternal minister grandfather. As a young man, Fall worked in a cotton factory, which may have contributed to his respiratory problems. In the early 1880s, he ventured to the drier climate of the U.S. Southwest. After living for ...