Indiana

Indiana voted to repeal Prohibition on June 6, 1933, by a margin of more than 60%. It ratified that decision on June 26. Throughout Prohibition, Indiana was a relatively dry state, and this proved troublesome for people of the state—particularly its governor.

  • In the middle of prohibition, the was a scandal regarding the governor Ed Jackson's and attorney general Arthur L. Gilliom's having obtained medicinal whiskey for sick members of their families (the governor to his wife, the attorney general to “three or four children who were near death from typhoid fever and pneumonia. Of one of them it may be said with certainty that he could not have recovered without the use of this medicine.”) Indiana's state prohibition law, which was stricter than the federal law, prohibited medicinal whiskey, and as such, both the Attorney General and the Governor “procured the needed whiskey from friends who were secretly preserving it for just such anticipated emergencies in their own households, risking all the while discovery and imprisonment because of such mere possession."

  • The following reaction to the scandal by a dry religious leader illustrates the extremity of the views held by dry forces in America during Prohibition: "Both the Governor and the attorney general did wrong. They should have permitted the members of their families to die and have died themselves rather than violate their oaths of office. An officer of the law swears to support the law and his family interests should not cut the slightest figure once he has taken the oath."


Sources:

Kyvig, David E. Repealing National Prohibition. 2nd ed. Kent, Ohio: The Kent State UP, 2000.

"In Indiana." TIME 6 June 1927. 6 June 2008 <http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,736736-1,00.html>.