On June 20, 1933, more than 85% of voters in Connecticut voted to repeal Prohibition. That vote was later ratified on July 11th. The story below illustrates the kind of corruption that Prohibition brought to Connecticut, and illuminates why Connecticut was ready for its repeal.

  • A story ran in 1929 about a vessel full of rum that was seized off the coast of Connecticut by a Coast Guard vessel. Interestingly, the same rum that was seized was later found in New London, and several men from the Coast Guard were believed to have stolen from the captured vessel, abusing their authority as enforcement officials.


Coast Guardsmen Blamed In Theft Of Captured Rum, Special, The Hartford Courant; Dec 31, 1929; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Hartford Courant (1764 1984), pg. 1