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1800 - 1933 Important Prohibition Dates *
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1800     FoundedImportant Prohibition Dates*

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2nd April 1840    

The Washington Temperance Society founded in Baltimore, on the 110th anniversary of the birth of the first President. Its members were reformed heavy drinkers from the working class who "took ... View More

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2nd June 1851    

The first Statewide Prohibition law in the US went into effect in Maine. It was agreed to by poular vote- 70,183 to 22,811. In 1856 it would be repealed, only to be reinstated two years later.

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6th June 1853    

Michigan voters approve statewide Prohibition, aka: the Main Law, to go into effect on December 1, 1853. It was declared unconstitutional by a Detroit judge a few weeks later. No effort was made to... View More

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2nd June 1855    

Anti-Prohibition protests turned violent with the "Maine Law Riot" in Portland Maine

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10th November 1869    

Wayne Wheeler, who through his Anti-Saloon League would inspire decades of lobbyists, was born in Brookfield Township, Ohio.

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23rd December 1873    

The Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) is organized in Cleveland, Ohio.

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2nd November 1880    

Kansas Voters approved statewide Prohibition to take effect on January 1, 1881. Many saloons survive by paying the $100 yearly fine.

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1st January 1881    

After a vote on November 2nd, 1880 Kansas enters statewide Prohibition the following January 1.  The new law made the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors punishable by ... View More

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4th September 1885    

Georgia Approved a The Special "Local Option" Act allowing individual counties the right to outlaw the manufacture, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

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2nd November 1886    

Florida voters approve Article XIX, aka the Local Option Amendment by popular vote.  The amendment gives Florida counties the right to call elections that to decide whether to outlaw the ... View More

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1st May 1890    

Prohibition in South Dakota Begins.  On October 4, 1889 The new state of South Dakota's Constitution appeared on the same ballot as statewide Prohibition.  Both items were passed by c... View More

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1st July 1890    

After a narrowly-approved citizen vote the previous October, North Dakota's Prohibition law goes into effect..  

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24th May 1893    

The Anti-Saloon League was formed in Oberlin, Ohio.   Over the next three decades it would organize churches and lobby local governments to pass Prohibition amendments around the cou... View More

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3rd February 1903    

Vermont ENDS statewide prohibition by referendum vote in favor of local option laws.

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25th March 1907    

Colorado state legislature passed a "local option law" allowing individual counties to determine whether to outlaw the manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages by vote.

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24th March 1908    

The Territory of Oklahoma enters territory-wide Prohibition when Governor Charles N. Haskell signed Oklahoma State Sen. Richard A. Billups's Senate Bill 61, also known as the "Billups... View More

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1st January 1908    

Georgia enters statewide Prohibition.  Nationall breweries are forced to pull their agents out of the state.   Georgia brewers survived by converting to selling ice and non-into... View More

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1st January 1909    

The "Carmichael State Prohibition Law" went into effect in Alabama. As a result, breweries in the state switched to producing non-alcoholic beverages. Ultimately, the law was a failure, a... View More

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1st January 1909    

Mississippi enters into statewide Prohibition. The state was in de-facto prohibition before this law as local option laws resulted in Prohibition in 69 of her 77 counties.

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1st July 1909    

Tennessee enters statewide Prohibition.

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1st January 1909    

North Carolina enters statewide Prohibition.

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1st January 1910    

Rural Wyoming enters statewide Prohibition. Most incorporated towns remain wet.

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1st July 1913    

The Jones-Works Excise Bill, the District of Columbia's first "Dry Law" went into effect.

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22nd September 1914    

Virginia citizens voted for constitutional statewide prohibition to go into effect November 1, 1916.

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3rd November 1914    

Colorado voters adopted statewide constitutional Prohibition to go into effect January 1, 1916.

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3rd November 1914    

Arizona voters adopted statewide constitutional Prohibition to go into effect January 1, 1915.

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3rd November 1914    

Washington voters adopted statewide constitutional Prohibition to go into effect January 1, 1916. 189,840 votes were cast for the measure, 171,208 against.

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3rd November 1914    

Oregon voters adopted statewide constitutional Prohibition to go into effect January 1, 1916.

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1st July 1914    

West Virginia enters statewide Prohibition.

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1st July 1915    

Alabama state Prohibition begins, closing the state's two remaining breweries.

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1st January 1915    

Arizona went into statewide Prohibition.

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1st March 1915    

The Idaho Legislature approves a Prohibition Act to be enforced as of January 1, 1916

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14th September 1915    

South Carolina voters adopted statewide constitutional Prohibition to go into effect December 31, 1915 (three and a half months later!). The vote was 41,735 for and 16,809 against.

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31st December 1915    

South Carolina enters statewide Prohibition.

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25th February 1915    

Minnesota enacts a Local Option law by county, effective immediately. Under this law fifty-six elections were held in eight months, and drys were victorious in forty-five of them.

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8th February 1915    

The Legislature of Utah passed the Wootten Bill, which provided statutory Prohibition after June 1, 1916. Mormon Governor Spry killed the bill with a pocket veto. Though his action had been advised... View More

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1st October 1915    

The "Davis Package Law" was upheld by the Florida Supreme Court. Requires all sales of alcohol be in sealed containers, outlawed beer on draught, regulated that all saloons close at 6:00 ... View More

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2nd March 1915    

New Jersey passas a "Local Option" law giving municipalities the option to be we or dry.

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16th September 1916    

Prohibition goes into effect in Ontario, Canada.

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1st January 1916    

The Newberry Act of 1915 takes effect plunging the state of Arkansas into Prohibition.

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1st January 1916    

Article XXII is added to the Colorado State Constitution making it unlawful to manufacture, sell or import into the state any intoxicating liquors.

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1st May 1916    

New legislation tightens up Georgia's loophole ridden Prohibition law of 1907. Within months the state's three remaining breweries are shuttered.

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1st January 1916    

Idaho enters statewide Prohibition. Six breweries are forced to close.

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1st January 1916    

Iowa's new Prohibition law effectively shuts down all alcoholic beverage manufacturing in the state and limits the number of saloons to 1 per 1000 people.

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1st November 1916    

Virginia's state prohibition laws go into effect. As of this day it was illegal to manufacture or sell liquor within state lines. Possession of up to one quart for personal use was allowed.

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7th November 1916    

Arizona voters passed a "Bone Dry" amendment to their statewide Prohibition, entirely prohibiting importation of liquors.

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1st January 1916    

Washington enters statewide Prohibition.

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1st January 1916    

Oregon enters statewide Prohibition.

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7th November 1916    

"Bone Dry" amendment to Oregon's State Prohibition law approved by voters. The amendment prohibits importation of liquors into the state.

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7th November 1916    

Repeal of Arkansas state Prohibition law was rejected by voters 2 to 1.

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7th November 1916    

By popular vote, Prohibition laws become enshrined in the Idaho State Constitution.

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7th November 1916    

Montana voters adopted statewide constitutional Prohibition to go into effect December 31, 1918.

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7th November 1916    

South Dakota voters adopted statewide constitutional Prohibition to go into effect July 1, 1917.

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31st October 1916    

Saloons in Virginia were outlawed and a commissioner appointed to see that the law is observed.

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7th November 1916    

The citizens of Nebraska voted in favor of statewide Prohibition by a majority of about 35,000. It would be effective May 1, 1917.

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7th November 1916    

Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring statewide Prohibition to go into effect April 30, 1918.

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8th February 1917    

Simon Bamberger, Utah's first Non-Mormon Governor, signed a "Bone Dry" prohibition measure, to go into effect August 1st.

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1st August 1917    

Utah enters statewide Prohibition.

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1st July 1917    

South Dakota enters statewide Prohibition.

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11th April 1917    

The New Hampshire Legislature voted for statewide Prohibition to become effective May 1, 1918.

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1st July 1917    

The Reed Amendment becomes the law of the land. The amendment imposes a $1000 fine for importing intoxicating liquor into any territory where its manufacture or sale is prohibited.

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1st May 1917    

Nebraska enters statewide Prohibition forcing fourteen breweries, ten rectifying plants and 829 saloons out of business.

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2nd March 1917    

The Puerto Rico Legislature passes a Prohibition bill defining an intoxicating liquor as any beverage containing over 2½% alcohol. It is effective March 2, 1918.

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1st November 1917    

The District of Columbia enters Prohibition.

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1st January 1918    

Alaska's "Bone Dry" law went into effect, establishing Prohibition in the territory.

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2nd April 1918    

Indiana enters statewide statutory Prohibition.

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1st January 1918    

Iowa enters statewide Prohibition.

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31st December 1918    

Montana enters statewide Prohibition.

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1st April 1918    

Indiana enters statutory statewide Prohibition.

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1st May 1918    

New Hampshire enters statewide Prohibition.

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30th April 1918    

Michigan enters statewide Prohibition.

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2nd March 1918    

Puerto Rico enters territory wide Prohibition.

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1st October 1918    

New Mexico enters statewide constitutional Prohibition.

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26th June 1918    

Texas Enters statewide Prohibition.

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24th May 1918    

In the guise of Patriotism during the great war in Europe, US congress imposed territory-wide Prohibition on Hawaii. The bill allows for repeal by popular vote after two years' peace.

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28th October 1919    

The Volstead Act passes the US Congress and establishes the enforcement of National Prohibition.

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29th January 1919    

The 18th amendment is ratified by 36 states and goes into effect on the federal level.

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1st May 1919    

Quebec enters province-wide Prohibition.

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27th May 1919    

After the failure of three state referendums for Prohibition in five years (1914, 1915 and 1917), Ohio's drys were handed a new rhetorical weapon. The drys, headed by t... View More

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1st July 1919    

California enters "War-time Prohibition". This was a six and a half month transitional measure which required brewers to lower the alcohol content of their beers to not over 2.75 %. The m... View More

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1st July 1919    

Connecticut adopts "War-Time Prohibition" statewide. This was a six and a half month transitional measure which required brewers to lower the alcohol content of their beers to not over 2.... View More

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1st July 1919    

Wilmington, Delaware finally goes dry, plunging the entire state into Prohibition. This was a six and a half month transitional measure which required brewers to lower the alcohol content of their ... View More

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1st July 1919    

Illinois enters "War-time" Prohibition. This was a six and a half month transitional measure which required brewers to lower the alcohol content of their beers to not over 2.75 %. The mea... View More

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1st July 1919    

Kentucky adopts "War-Time Prohibition" statewide. This was a six and a half month transitional measure which required brewers to lower the alcohol content of their beers to not over 2.75 ... View More

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1st July 1919    

Maryland adopts "War-Time Prohibition" statewide. This was a six and a half month transitional measure which required brewers to lower the alcohol content of their beers to not over 2.75 ... View More

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1st July 1919    

Pennsylvania adopts "War-Time Prohibition" statewide. This was a six and a half month transitional measure which required brewers to lower the alcohol content of their beers to not over 2... View More

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1st July 1919    

All the townships and counties in America that had not yet come under the cloud of local dry laws were forced into "War-Time Prohibition" by the US department of Justice. This was a six a... View More

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1st July 1919    

Minnesota adopts "War-Time Prohibition" statewide. This was a six and a half month transitional measure which required brewers to lower the alcohol content of their beers to not over 2.75... View More

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18th October 1919    

With the onset of Prohibition the Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. lists its fleet of delivery trucks for sale.

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5th September 1927    

Wayne Wheeler, whose Anti-Saloon League successfully persuaded states to ratify the 21st Amendment, National Prohibition, died at age fifty-seven years.

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23rd March 1933    

Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Cullen-Harrison Act which legalizes the manufacture and sale of certain alcohol.

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5th December 1933    

Repeal Day! Happy Days are here again as the 21st Amendment brings National Prohibition to an end after 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours and 32.5 minutes.

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22nd March 1933    

The whistle at the Fauerbach Brewery in Madison Wisconsin blew on the news that President Roosevelt signed the bill that repealed prohibition.

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15th May 1933    

The Frank Jones Brewery in Portsmouth New Hampshire put up a new 20 foot sign in preparation for the repeal of Prohibition.

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28th July 1933    

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle published a press release by the Gettelman Brewery that reminded everyone that despite the country being in Prohibition for the previous 13, years, no perso... View More

1933 ClosedImportant Prohibition Dates