Mayor For Minutes

January 1, 1940

E.H. Crump was sworn in for a final term as Memphis mayor just after midnight then, as only Crump could, immediately resigned so his hand-chosen successor could be swept into office.

The CA reported Crump took the oath of office at 12:15 a.m. at the train station, engaged in a snowball fight with supporters and members of the press, then hopped on a train to New Orleans to attend the Sugar Bowl.

A large crowd of political associates, many in New Year’s Eve party dress, had a hilarious time.

If you’re wondering, Texas A&M beat Tulane, 14-13, to record a perfect season. Crump was among the estimated 73,000 in attendance.

(clockwise from top left) Walter Chandler, Watkins Overton, Joe Boyle and E.H. Crump all wore the Memphis mayor's hat during a 39-hour span on the first two days of 1940. (The Commercial Appeal)