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Carrie Nation (1846–1911) was a famously violent prohibition advocate. She was so opposed to the sale and consumption of alcohol that she was known to use a hatchet to destroy saloons and containers of alcohol. On several occasions she reportedly attacked those who sold alcohol.
Carrie Amelia Moore Nation was born in Kentucky to parents George and Mary Moore. Her mother Mary suffered from a mental illness, causing her to believe she was the queen of England. In 1967, Carrie married Dr. Charles Goyd. The two had a child, Charlien, who had a mental disability. This is a possible cause for Carrie’s famous abhorrence of alcohol; she blamed Goyd’s alcoholism for the mental state of their daughter.
She later divorced Goyd and was remarried to David Nation, who she divorced in 1901. During this time she began to speak out publicly against tobacco and alcohol or “evil spirits” and attacking saloons. For this behavior Carrie Nation was arrested in several states, including Arkansas; she served time in the Little Rock jail. These actions gained her both followers and enemies.
Carrie Nation spent the later part of her life in Eureka Springs where she turned her home into a boarding house and a school. Due to her weapon of choice in assaulting businesses that served alcohol, this house became known as the Hatchet House. It was here in Eureka Springs that she gave her last speech. During the 1911 speech she fainted and lapsed into a coma after gasping “I have done what I could.” She died from heart failure months later in June of 1911 in Evergreen Place Hospital in Kansas.