Maine voted to repeal Prohibition on September 11, 1933, ratifying that decision on December 6th. Nearly 70% of voters voted in favor of repeal. Maine was the last (37th) state to ratify the 21st Amendment, although the amendment became valid the day before Maine's convention when Utah, the 36th state, ratified. Maine saw criminals become very powerful during prohibition, as the story below illustrates.

  • In 1930, a patrolman was drowned. His notebook contained the license number of a car registered to a suspected bootlegger, a fact which many suspected was connected to his death, believing that bootleggers were involved in his killing.


LINK LIQUOR WITH DEATH. New York Times (1857-Current file); Aug 19, 1930; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 2005) , pg. 11