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February 23, 1916

Even by local standards, this was a crazy day in Memphis politics: the city swearing in four different mayors in 24 hours. And, of course, E.H. Crump was in the middle of it all.

It’s not easy to sort out, or explain, but centers around Crump having been forced from office in 1915 for not enforcing state prohibition laws, an interim mayor being appointed, Crump prevailing in court and being re-elected only to resign after collecting back pay, the vice mayor being sworn in then resigning and, finally, Thomas Ashcroft being selected.

Mr. Crump was mayor of Memphis for about two minutes yesterday. His oath and bond were filed, and his resignation accepted, without him even being in the meeting room where the proceedings were had.