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Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU)

Woman's Christian Temperance Union

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) is the oldest voluntary, non-sectarian women’s organization in continuous existence in the world. In addition, it was among the first groups to keep a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. to promote its agenda. The group’s name is the “Woman’s” rather than “Women’s” Christian Temperance Union. That’s because it’s the individual …

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World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union: Prohibition for the World

The World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WWCTU) began in 1883. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) organized it. The intent was to coordinate the work of WCTU chapters (unions) around the world. The first convention of the World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was in 1891. By then, WCTU unions existed in over 40 countries and …

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Edith Smith Davis: Major Prohibition Leader

Edith Smith Davis contributed greatly to the temperance movement. She was a dedicated and highly effective leader. Born on a farm near Janesville, Wisconsin, she attended Milton College and Lawrence University.  At the latter, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She became superintendent of two departments of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). One …

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Ida B. Wise (Ida B. Wise-Smith, Ida Wise): Dedicated Prohibitionist

Prohibition and Repeal Experiences

Ida B. Wise was a strong advocate for Prohibitiont. She became Ida B. Wise Smith upon her marriage. Early Commitment to Prohibition As a young woman she joined the Iowa Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). She showed commitment and very good leadership. Therefore, she steadily advanced through the organization. For twenty years she was president …

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Frances Willard: A Major Temperance Leader

Woman's Christian Temperance Union

Willard’s Early Life Frances Willard (Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard), was born in 1839. She was sturdy, independent, and very strong-willed. Friends called her Frank. She graduated from college in 1859. Twelve years later became president of a women’s college herself. When it merged with Northwestern University, she became dean of women there. She resigned 1874 …

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Ella Boole: World-Wide WCTU Prohibition Leader. Discover More.

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I. Ella A. Boole Ella Boole (Ella Alexander) was born in 1858 into a prosperous family in Ohio. From the College of Wooster she received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. During her college education she developed strong skills in public speaking. Married Temperance Activist She married a prominent Methodist minister, William Boole. He …

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Martha McClellan Brown: Prohibition Leader

Martha McClellan Brown

Martha McClellan Brown was a highly effective organizational leader in advancing the temperance movement. Martha McClellan was born in 1838 in Baltimore. She was orphaned by age eight. Martha and her sister were raised by a neighbor. At age 18 she married the Rev. W. Kennedy Brown. Shortly after, she began college and graduated from …

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