The "Ohio Gang"
The Ohio Gang was a group of politicians who achieved high office during the presidential administration of Warren G. Harding and who betrayed their public trust through a number of scandals. During Harding's Presidency, the Ohio Gang made up most of Harding's cabinet. These men had no real purpose or qualification to be in these positions. Most of these men were Harding's old friends, who helped him back in Ohio. They were his poker buddies that had no interest in politics on a national scale. Most of these men would end up using their elite power to benifit themselves, which would then damage Hardings administartion. Because Harding refused to stand up to his overpowering friends his Presidency was ruined from scFrom 1921 to 1924 the Ohio Gang was involved in a number of scandals and illegal deals. After Hardings death in 1924 the group loses all power when Calvin Coolidge takes over as President.
Harry M. Daugherty
Daugherty was american lawyer and political manager for Warren G. Harding who was accused of corruption during his administration as Harding’s attorney general. After going to school at the University of Michigan he quickly gained a reputation for blending law and politics, aiding his clients through the his clever use of political connections. In 1902, Daugherty worked with a young candidate for Warren G. Harding. He managed Harding’s subsequent campaigns, including those for the U.S. Senate in 1914 and for the presidency in 1920. Rumours of corruption circulated around him during Harding’s administration, and when he refused to open Justice Department files to a congressional committee investigating charges of crime by Harding’s associates, he was dismissed by President Calvin Coolidge. In 1927 Daugherty twice went to trial on charges of graft and fraud from his actions as attorney general, both trials ended in hung juries.
Early in 1923, Attorney General Daugherty told Harding that Charles Forbes, director of the Veterans Bureau, had been illegally selling government medical supplies to private contractors. Harding allowed Forbes to leave to country to escape from the prosecutions he would recieve.