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Temperance petition, 1845

Contributed by Maine State Archives

This is a temperance petition that was presented to the Maine Legislature in 1845.

It was widely believed that if the manufacture and sale of liquor could be abolished, crime and poverty would disappear from society.

Women were among the most active proponents of legislation to prohibit the use of alcoholic beverages; and by the end of the century Maine had enacted the most stringent anti-liquor laws in the country.

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  • Title: Temperance petition, 1845
  • Creator: Ladies and Inhabitants of City of Portland
  • Creation Date: 1845
  • Subject Date: 1845
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 26 x 15
  • Local Code: msa00013
  • Collection: Records of the Maine State Legislature
  • Object Type: Text

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Maine State Archives
84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084
(207) 287-5795
http://www.state.me.us/sos/arc/

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