Theron Akin

Theron Akin
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Theron Akin ca1912
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byCyrus Durey
Succeeded byBenjamin I. Taylor
Personal details
BornMay 23, 1855 (1855-05-23)
Johnstown, New York
DiedMarch 26, 1933 (1933-03-27) (aged 77)
Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York
Political partyProgressive; Republican
  • Carrie Bell Akin
  • Mary Sanford Akin
  • Jennie Akin
  • Jane Bornt Akin
  • Harry Akin
  • Florence Akin
  • Davin Akin
Alma materNew York Dental College
ProfessionFarmer, dentist, politician

Theron Akin (May 23, 1855 – March 26, 1933) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Johnstown, New York, on May 23, 1855 Akin was the son of Ethan and Susan (St. John) Akin, and attended the common schools of Amsterdam, New York, and also was privately tutored at home. He engaged in agricultural pursuits, and graduated from the New York Dental College and practiced for twelve years in Amsterdam, New York. He married Carrie Bell on September 24, 1874, and they had two children, Harry and Florence. He married Mary Sanford on December 16, 1880, and they had one child, David. In 1904 he married Jennie and in 1920 he married Jane Bornt.[1]


Akin moved to Akin (later Fort Johnson), New York, and engaged in agricultural pursuits in Montgomery County. The village of Akin changed its name because of residents' disapproval of Theron Akin.[2] He served as president of the village of Fort Johnson, New York.

Elected as a Progressive Republican to the Sixty-second Congress as a U. S. Representative of the twenty-fifth district of New York, Akin served from March 4, 1910 to March 3, 1912.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination on the Progressive ticket in 1912 and resumed agricultural pursuits. He was again an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Sixty-fourth Congress on the Progressive ticket in 1914.

Akin served as Mayor of Amsterdam, New York from 1920 to 1924. He resumed his former pursuits, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican and Democratic mayoralty nomination in 1927.


Akin died, from a stroke of paralysis, in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York, on March 26, 1933 (age 77 years, 307 days). He is interred at Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill, New York.[4]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

  1. ^ "Theron Akin". Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Akin Ashamed of Akin". The Sun. 12 March 1912. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Theron Akin". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Theron Akin". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 1 August 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Cyrus Durey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

March 4, 1910 – March 3, 1912
Succeeded by
Benjamin I. Taylor