Ku Klux Klan procession, Portland, ca. 1923
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The Ku Klux Klan impacted Maine politics during 1923 when over 7,000 of their number rallied to change city government structure from having an elected mayor to hiring a city manager. The Klan had a huge headquarters complex on Forest Avenue. The Klan's Maine director, F. Eugene "Doc" Farnsworth, spoke against Catholics, Jews and immigrants.