United Repeal Council: Discover Its Role in Promoting Repeal of National Prohibition

The United Repeal Council promoted repeal of National Prohibition in the U.S. It was an advisory cabinet consisting of leaders of several important groups promoting Repeal.

See Also

Repeal of Prohibition in the U.S.
Will Prohibition’s Repeal Soon be Completed?

It was established early in 1931 to lobby for Repeal planks at both the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

The Council selected Pierre du Pont as its chair. It probably represented 2,500,000 Americans. Its long-range strategy was to promote the election of public officials who supported Repeal.

United Repeal Council
Council member Pauline Sabin

In hindsight, no long-range plans were needed. The failure of Prohibition and the serious problems it created soon led 74% of American voters to reject it.  Repeal occurred in 1933.

Prohibition was an abysmal and undeniable failure. More important, it created many very serious problems. Yet today, almost one of every five adults in the U.S. favors making drinking illegal. Even more support neo-prohibitionism. That’s why so many relics of Prohibition remain even now.


Resources on the United Repeal Council.

Kyvig, D.E. Repealing National Prohibition. Kent, OH: Kent State U. Press, 2000.

Rose, K.D. American Women and the Repeal of Prohibition. NY: New York U. Press, 1996. (Describes the Council.)

Time. Prohibition: United Repeal Council. Time, Jan 20, 1932.

____. Prohibition: 142 words. Time, July 11, 1932. (Reported activities of the  Council.)

____.  Prohibition: United Wets. Time,  Nov 7, 1932