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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) To John Curtis, Preston Armour, Asahel C. Stone, and Geo. W. Ellinwood, Esquires, commissioners of excise of the town of Smithfield, County of Madison, and State of New York.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.57 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Smithfield, New York Type: Printed document Date: 13 April 1841 Pagination: 1 p. ; 31.7 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: "Your petitioners implore your honorable body, in the name of the drunkard, his wife, and his children- in the name, too, of the sober, who, whilst tavern licences are granted, are exposed to become drunkards- to refuse to grant such licences. They implore you to do so, even though it should be at the probable loss of your popularity and your offices."

Background Information: Smith, a politician from New York, served as a U.S. Representative from 1853-1854. He was a noted philanthropist and social reformer active in anti-slavery campaigns and women's rights.

People: Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Government and CivicsTaxes or TaxationTemperance and ProhibitionAlcoholReform MovementPetition

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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