Theron Akin the Lemon Squeezer of the Mohawk

Daniel T. Weaver

When a man has four ex-wives and scores of political enemies, it is difficult to create an unbiased account of his life. Of Theron Akin (1855-1933), mayor of Amsterdam, New York for two terms (1920-24), his fourth wife said in 1923, “that he sometimes seized a chicken nearly prepared for the table and had hurled it into the garbage pail: that he would on other occasions, when displeased, burn his best silk shirts; and that this winter the Mayor had, to his wife’s knowledge, taken but one bath.”

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