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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) To the people of the town of Smithfield

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.58 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 15 March 1843 Pagination: 2 p. ; 31.1 x 20.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Smith writes "At the recent Town Meeting, you again refused to elect men for Commissioners of Excise, who are willing to license dram-selling. You did right... dram-drinking is morally wrong."

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 CivicsElectionReform MovementTaxes or TaxationAlcoholTemperance and ProhibitionMorality and Ethics

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