United States Prohibition Party

From Distillers Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

The Prohibition Party is a political party in the United States. As the name implies, the party advocates the prohibition of the use of beverages containing alcohol. While never one of the nation's leading parties, it was an important force in US politics in the late 19th century and the early years of the 20th century.

The party was founded in 1867. Its first National Committee Chairman was John Russell of Michigan, who served from 1867-1872. The party succeeded in getting many communities and a number of states to outlaw the production and sale of intoxicating beverages. The party's greatest success was in 1919, with the passage of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed the production, sale, transportation, import, and export of alcohol. The era of illegal alcohol in the USA is generally known as "Prohibition". The enactment of national prohibition took away the party's main issue and the party declined in importance. The "Prohibition" era saw the rise of "Speakeasies", bootleggers, and a great growth of organized crime. By the start of the Great Depression the cause of prohibition was considered discredited by much of the public. National prohibition was repealed by the 21st Amendment in 1933. While hard line prohibitionists objected, the US Prohibition Party declined into insignificance.

From 1977 to 1980 the party was called the National Statesman Party. The party still exists today, although its following is small, and since 2003 there has been a schism between supporters and opponents of longtime party chairman Earl Dodge. It has nominated a candidate for president in every election since 1872, and is thus the longest-lived American political party after the Democrats and Republicans.

Presidential candidates

   1872 - James Black
   1876 - Green Clay Smith
   1880 - Neal Dow
   1884 - John Saint John
   1888 - Clinton B. Fisk
   1892 - John Bidwell
   1896 - Joshua Levering
   1900 - John G. Woolley
   1904 - Silas C. Swallow
   1908 - Eugene W. Chafin
   1912 - Eugene W. Chafin
   1916 - Frank Hanly
   1920 - Aaron Watkins
   1924 - Herman P. Faris
   1928 - William F. Varney
   1932 - William Upshaw
   1936 - Leigh Colvin
   1940 - Roger Babson
   1944 - Claude Watson
   1948 - Claude Watson
   1952 - Stuart Hamblen
   1956 - Enoch A. Holtwick
   1960 - Rutherford Decker
   1964 - Harold Munn
   1968 - Harold Munn
   1972 - Harold Munn
   1976 - Benjamin C. Bubar
   1980 - Benjamin C. Bubar
   1984 - Earl Dodge
   1988 - Earl Dodge
   1992 - Earl Dodge
   1996 - Earl Dodge
   2000 - Earl Dodge
   2004 - Earl Dodge, Gene Amondson 

External links