Over two thirds of the state Vermont voted to repeal Prohibition on September 1, 1933. That vote was ratified on September 26th. Given its status as a border state, Vermont had a colorful experience with Prohibition, characterized by both smuggling and violence.
  • A 1927 newspaper article told of the various ways in which bootleggers would smuggle liquor across the Vermont-Canada border. On land, “smokescreens and...secret storage compartments” were used, and submarine barges were common on Lake Champlain.

  • In 1924 a senator from Vermont was accidentally shot by a Prohibition agent. He apparently had bouts of paralysis as a result of the shooting.


DRYS FLIRT WITH DEATH, Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); Jan 21, 1927; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 - 1986), pg. 8

GREENE FAINTS IN SENATE DURING COURT ROLL CALL, The Washington Post (1877-1954); Jan 28, 1926; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1991), pg. 1

Picture courtesy of the Los Angeles Times, accessed via ProQuest