Former Denver Mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton, who survived a recall election in 1924, due to his connection with the Ku Klux Klan, is once again in the news as a Denver neighborhood looks to drop their connection to his name. Stapleton was a member of the Klan (though he sometimes denied it) and appointed a KKK member as police chief, leading to the 1924 recall. The Klan heavily backed him in the race, which he won overwhelmingly. 1924 was arguably the height of the klan power, though they were set back in their attempt to push the Democrats in 1924 to vote for their candidate at the famed 103rd ballot.
Stapleton apparently soon turned on the klan, and was expelled. He did go on to win other terms in office.
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