New Hampshire

On June 20, 1933, New Hampshire voted to repeal Prohibition by a margin of over 70%. That vote was ratified on July 11th. The stories below illustrate some of the misinformation about alcohol put out during Prohibition, as well as the ineffectiveness of Prohibition at increasing the safety of the people.

  • In 1924, a chemist from the New Hampshire Board of Health wrote and article for The New York Times discussing the common belief that most of the liquor available during Prohibition was poisonous. After testing several samples, he came to the conclusion that the phenomena of tainted liquor was large hype, perhaps put out by the powers that be to keep people from drinking.

  • New Hampshire had a problem with drunk drivers during Prohibition, despite drinking's being, well, prohibited. In 1926, a judge from New Hampshire crashed the car he was driving, killing one woman and injuring two others. He was believed to be drunk.


Blame Judge For Speed, Rum Death, The Hartford Courant (1923-present); Jun 8, 1926; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Hartford Courant (1764 1984), pg. 10

POISON RUM BUNGABOO DRAWS CHEMIST'S FIRE, By CHARLES D. HOWARD. Chemist, New Hampshire State Board of Health. New York Times (1857-Current file); Jun 15, 1924; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 2005), pg. XX20