Little Rock Temperance Society

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The Little Rock Temperance Society, a chapter of the evangelical American Temperance Society, was founded on March 28, 1831.

The Little Rock Temperance Society was populated with local business people and others in the middle class who wished to keep tippling at a minimum in order to promote order in a frontier society. In 1832 it responded to the drunkenness and debauchery that so often accompanied Fourth of July celebrations by organizing a separate event at the Baptist Meeting House for those citizens wishing for "sobriety and good order."


  • Margaret Smith Ross, "Three Letters of Cephas Washburn," Arkansas Historical Quarterly 16.2 (Summer 1957): 179.
  • Walter Moffatt, "Cultural and Recreational Activities in Pioneer Arkansas," Arkansas Historical Quarterly 13.4 (Winter 1954): 385.

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