The history of alcohol is filled with interesting people, with interesting stories. Read about some of them here.
William H. Anderson was one of the most successful prohibition lobbyists of the Anti-Saloon League of America. Read about his political tactics, anti-Catholicism, anti-Germanism, anti-Semitism, anti-foreignism and the forgery conviction of the "dry warrior." more
Purley Baker was an ordained Methodist minister who became superintendent of the national Anti-Saloon League in 1903. He asserted that Germans "eat like gluttons and drink like swine" in an effort to demonize brewers, most of whom were German-Americans. more
Bishop James Cannon, Jr. was a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. After the death of powerful Anti-Saloon League leader Wayne Wheeler in 1927, Cannon emerged as the most powerful leader of the temperance movement in the United States. more
Ernest H. Cherrington worked with Anti-Saloon League and the World League Against Alcoholism. He emphasized education against alcohol consumption to bring about voluntary compliance rather than the use of coercive legal force. more
Earl Dodge was the perennial presidential candidate of the Prohibition Party, with which he had been associated for five decades. It was under his controversial leadership that the Prohibition Party split into opposing factions. more
M. Louise Gross was an influential leader in several women's anti-Prohibition or Repeal organizations such as the Moly Pitcher Club, the Women's Moderation Union, and the Women's Committee for Modification of the Volstead Act. more
Richmond Pearson Hobson was the most highly paid of the over 2,000 public speakers for the Anti-Saloon League. His gift of oratory was highly valued by the League and his membership in Congress gave him political clout. more
Mary Hanchet Hunt was the most powerful woman in the US promoting prohibition of alcohol. Through her position as head of the Woman's Christian Union's Department of Scientific Temperance Instruction in Schools and Colleges, she dictated the content of temperance education throughout the United States. more
Izzy and Moe - Isidor Einstein (Izzy Einstein) and his fellow Prohibition agent, Moe Smith, were the best known Prohibition agents in the country. Izzy and Moe made 4,932 arrests of bartenders, bootleggers and speakeasy owners with an amazing 95 percent conviction rate. more
The LaMontages brothers - Rene, Montaigu, William and Morgan LaMontages were high society bootleggers during National Prohibition (1920-1933). Through their bootlegging operation the brothers increased their fortunes by $2,000,000 a year, but were ultimately convicted in federal court. more
Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) after her daughter was killed by a hard-core repeat DWI offender. "It has become far more neo-prohibitionist than I ever wanted or envisioned," she says. "I didn't start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving." more
Carry Nation, known for attacking saloons with a hatchet, was the most controversial member of the WCTU (Woman's Christian Temperance Union). She believed that God told her to destroy saloons and "Carry A. Nation" to alcohol prohibition. more
Roy Olmstead was a major bootlegger in Washington state during the early years of National Prohibition. Convicted for violating the National Prohibition Act and for conspiracy based on wiretapping evidence, he appealed in Olmstead v. United States. more
Pauline Sabin is best known for founding the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR) in 1929, an organization that challenged the long-held assumption that virtually all women in the United States supported National Prohibition (1920-1933) and its enforcement. more
Dr. Thomas Sewall was a temperance activist who believed that alcohol was responsible for most human illnesses. Sewall's major contribution to the temperance movement was his eight graphic drawings of "alcohol diseased stomachs." more
Cora F. Stoddard was an important temperance and prohibition leader who headed the Scientific Temperance Federation and developed its innovative "Education on Wheels" project that took temperance education directly to people at their homes and farms. more
William Harvey Thompson ("Kinky" Thompson) was a federal prohibition agent known for violent enforcement of prohibition, but who was strongly supported by federal Prohibition Bureau officials, who defended the "zeal" of the "blackjack artist." more
Andrew Volstead is best remembered for the Volstead Act which permitted enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment and National Prohibition against alcohol, and the Capper-Volstead Act to benefit farmers. more
James W. Wadsworth, Jr., long-time member of Congress, was a firm defender of individual rights and feared federal intervention into the private lives of Americans. Therefore, he spoke out forcefully and frequently against Prohibition (1920-1933) and became a leader in the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment. Before it went into effect, Wadsworth correctly predicted that Prohibition would result in widespread violations and contempt for law and the Constitution. more
Wayne Wheeler of the Anti-Saloon League of America developed pressure politics or ‘Wheelerism" and was a leader of the temperance movement that led to National Prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States. more
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