National Prohibition Party Forms

1869

Frustrated by failure of the major political parties to address prohibition, activists in the temperance movement form the National Prohibition Party. The party’s first convention in Chicago pulls delegates from 20 states, but they receive little support in the general election. The party’s popularity will peak in 1892 when Jon Bidwell, the party’s presidential candidate, receives 265,000 votes. The party exists today and continues to run candidates for office.