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Thomas W. Koon (1870–1946) was a local physician in the city of Cumberland, Maryland who served as Mayor of Cumberland from 1914 to 1932. Koon had a strong influence over the growth and development of the Cumberland in the early 20th century.[ citation needed ] Some of his many accomplishments as Mayor include the paving of city streets, the installation of a new water system, the construction of new firehouses, and the expansion of the city's boundaries.[ citation needed ]
Cumberland is a city in and the county seat of Allegany County, Maryland, United States. It is the primary city of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 20,859, and the metropolitan area had a population of 103,299. Located on the Potomac River, Cumberland is a regional business and commercial center for Western Maryland and the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia.
During his third term Cumberland was home to smuggling of alcohol during Prohibition.
Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933.
Koon's fifth term saw the Ku Klux Klan holding a parade in 1924.[ citation needed ]
The Ku Klux Klan, commonly called the KKK or the Klan, is an American white supremacist hate group. The Klan has existed in three distinct eras at different points in time during the history of the United States. Each has advocated extremist reactionary positions such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration and—especially in later iterations—Nordicism and anti-Catholicism. Historically, the KKK used terrorism—both physical assault and murder—against groups or individuals whom they opposed. All three movements have called for the "purification" of American society and all are considered right-wing extremist organizations. In each era, membership was secret and estimates of the total were highly exaggerated by both friends and enemies.
In 1982, his house on Baltimore Avenue was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Thomas Koon House is a historic home in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland, United States. It is a brick Prairie-style house of large scale built about 1912. It features arranged rectangular blocks with large expanses of window space, a terra cotta tiled hip roof, and a small similarly influenced detached garage. The house was designed by Holmboe & Lafferty of Clarksburg for Doctor Thomas W. Koon, who arrived in Cumberland setting up an "active general practice" in May 1900.
This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Allegany County, Maryland.
George A. Young
| Mayor of Cumberland |
George W. Legge
| Mayor of Cumberland |