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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Winslow Forthman Burhans, Sr.

1913 - 1990

— Political Figure —

 
 
Winslow Forthman Burhans, Sr. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 1, 2020
1. Winslow Forthman Burhans, Sr. Marker
Inscription.  Winslow Burhans was elected mayor of Hagerstown in 1953, served three four-year terms and became one of the most influential of the city's chief executives. A proponent of aggressive annexation to preserve the city's tax base, he also advocated for the revitalization of the city's "West End" through major urban renewal projects and improved safety through elevation of railroad lines that isolated parts of the city. Major expansions of the city's electric and sewer capacities occurred during his tenure. Mayor Burhans gained national attention in 1961 for his proactive response to a local restaurant's racially-based mistreatment of a visiting diplomat from the nation of Sierra Leone.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkCivil RightsGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1953.
 
Location. 39° 37.947′ N, 77° 43.399′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from South Potomac
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Street just north of West Memorial Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 527 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Florence Wall MacMichael Myers McCoy (here, next to this marker); Clara Holmes Jenness Hamilton (here, next to this marker); Ann Carroll Fitzhugh Smith (here, next to this marker); Thomas Kennedy (a few steps from this marker); Matthias Peter Möller (a few steps from this marker); John V. Jamison, Sr. and John V. Jamison Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Mary Lemist Titcomb (a few steps from this marker); William Preston Lane, Jr. (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
Winslow Forthman Burhans, Sr. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 1, 2020
2. Winslow Forthman Burhans, Sr. Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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