Denby, Edwin


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Denby, Edwin,

1870–1929, U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1921–24), b. Evansville, Ind. President Harding appointed him to the cabinet. In 1924 he was involved in the scandal about the oil reserves (see Teapot DomeTeapot Dome,
in U.S. history, oil reserve scandal that began during the administration of President Harding. In 1921, by executive order of the President, control of naval oil reserves at Teapot Dome, Wyo., and at Elk Hills, Calif., was transferred from the Navy Dept.
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). He was charged not with fraud but with neglect of duty, and he eventually resigned.

Denby, Edwin

(1870–1929) lawyer; born in Evansville, Ind. His tenure as secretary of the navy (1921–24) was tainted by his alleged involvement in the Teapot Dome scandal. Although not impeached, he resigned his office after encountering widespread criticism.

Denby, Edwin

(1903–83) dance critic, poet; born in China. Son of the American consul in Shanghai, he was educated at Harvard and the University of Vienna where he studied dance. Although he regarded himself as a poet, he earned his living as a dance critic, writing for Modern Music (1936–42) and the New York Herald Tribune (1942–45). Thereafter he was a freelance writer for such magazines as Dance Magazine and Nation, and was known for his striking metaphors and exacting reviews. An early supporter of Balanchine's choreography, he wrote Looking at the Dance (1949) and Dancers, Buildings and People in the Street (1965). He also published four volumes of poetry including Collected Poems (1975). In failing health, he committed suicide when he was 80.