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The American Temperance Union holds its annual meeting in New York City

Wall Street, New York City, 1866, engraving
05/14/1863
The American Temperance Union celebrated its forty-seventh anniversary at its annual meeting in New York City.  The gathering, chaired by Governor William Buckingham of Connecticut, heard reports that largely outlined the effort the society had made with distributing temperance literature to the Army.  The abolition of the Navy's rum ration during the year was also celebrated as a significant victory. Politicians like Senator Samuel Pomeroy of Kansas spoke and the Hutchinson Family performed patriotic songs.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Anniversary of the American Temperance Union," New York Times, May 16, 1863, p. 2. 

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