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Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Litchfield record book


Identifier: 00-1936-10-0

Scope and Contents

The Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Litchfield record book (1936-10-0) contains meeting minutes from April 17, 1878 through December 4, 1878 of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Litchfield, Connecticut. Also included in the book is the "Constiution of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Litchfield" which was organized on April 17, 1878 at the Congregational Chapel in Litchfield. The second half of the record book contains personal notes concerning Revolutionary war soldiers, their descendents, and burial places. These seem to have been added at a later date and are not related to the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Litchfield. List of members of the Mary Floyd Chapter of the DAR with the name of their Revol. war ancestor. The item is currently housed in 3A Box 30.


  • created: 1878
  • Other: Date acquired: 10/07/1937


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Biographical or Historical Information

Litchfield County, Connecticut had a long involvement in the Temperance Movement in the United States. The first American Temperance Society was established at Litchfield, Connecticut in 1789. Two hundred farmers in the town met to create an association to discourage the use of spirituous liquors. Following this, Reverends in the area began taking the topic up at their pulpit. In the year 1811 the General Association of the Congregational body in America appointed a committee on the subject of intemperance. When this committee was unable to suggest or propose a remedy, the Rev. Dr. Lyman Beecher of Litchfield moved for the appointment of another committee to report without delay a remedy for intemperance. He was himself appointed chairman of this second committee, and reported resolutions recommending to all good men total abstinence from all distilled liquors. The report was adopted, and from that time Rev. Beecher acted upon the principle and trained his children therein. In 1812, while pastor of the Congregational Church at Litchfield, he preached six sermons on “The Evils of Intemperance.”  These were published in 1827 and widely circulated in the United States and throughout Great Britain and Ireland. In 1827 a temperance society was organized in Torringford, and soon after this a temperance society for Litchfield County was organized. The Litchfield County Society continued its active work for a number of years, and secured much support in the area. Local temperance organizations continued to form in Litchfield County throughout the nineteenth century, including Woman’s Temperance Unions in Litchfield and New Milford.

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