Hugh Thomas Cropper, Jr. was appointed to serve out the term of Mayor Daniel Trimper, Jr., who had resigned on May 15, 1959 to join the Worcester County Commissioners.
Cropper went on to win several elections and served as mayor throughout the 1960s. During the March Storm of 1962, he was instrumental in obtaining the state aid that rebuilt the Boardwalk and got the town back on its feet.
Cropper spearheaded the 1965 annexation to the Delaware line and extended the water and sewer lines that enabled the development of North Ocean City. Cropper also worked to make the Ocean City Convention Hall a reality. Remembered as one of Ocean City’s greatest mayors, today the Inlet parking lot is named in his honor.
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