May 23 – Happy Birthday Theron Akin

mayor akinHere’s ten reasons why I think today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant was by far, the most interesting Mayor in our City’s history.

1) His first name was Theron. He is the only person I’ve ever heard of with that first name. Actually, it was a pretty common first name for boys in the early 20th century. Theron has a Greek origin and means “hunter.” I Googled “famous people with the first name theron” and the first site referenced listed only one, the actress Charlize “Theron.” A second site listed “Theron Pond” as the most famous Theron. He invented Ponds’ Hand Creme. Perhaps if they had called it Theron’s Hand Creme, the name might still be somewhat popular but then again, maybe not.

2) Theron Akin’s Dad actually owned and lived in the historic main house of the Old Fort in Fort Johnson. His name was Ethan Akin and he ended up selling the fort to the Montgomery County Historical Society in 1905

3) Before he entered politics, Theron Akin was a…

You can read the rest of my ten reasons why this former Amsterdam-mayor was so interesting in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

One thought on “May 23 – Happy Birthday Theron Akin

  1. Two other things: He not only complained about the sound of the trollies passing his Old Fort Johnson home, he was accused of chopping down power poles across the tracks. And he was so beloved in Congress that while he was a sitting member there the House passed a law changing the name of the post office from Akin to Ft. Johnson.


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