Warren Harding conservatives, affable manner, and "make no enemies" campaign strategy made Harding the compromise choice at the 1920 Republican National Convention. President Harding rewarded friends and political contributors, referred to as the Ohio Gang, with financially powerful positions. Scandals and corruption, including the notorious Teapot Dome scandal, eventually pervaded his administration; one of his own cabinet and several of his appointees were eventually tried, convicted, and sent to prison for bribery or defrauding the federal government. Harding did however make some notably positive appointments to his cabinet. His presidency has been evaluated in terms of presidential record and accomplishments in addition to the administration scandals.
Elected in his own right in 1924, Calvin Coolidge gained a reputation as a small-government conservative, and also as a man who said very little. Coolidge restored public confidence in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor's administration, and left office with considerable popularity. His reputation underwent a
renaissance during the Ronald Regan Administration, but the ultimate assessment of his presidency is still divided between those who approve of his reduction of the size of government programs and those who believe the federal government should be more involved in regulating and controlling the economy.
Herbert Hoover promoted partnerships between government and business under the rubric "economic modernization". Hoover deeply believed in the Efficiency Movement, which...