Sons of Temperance of North America (1942-)
- Existence: founded 1842
The Sons of Temperance was a brotherhood of men who promoted the temperance movement and mutual support. The group was founded in 1842 in New York City. It began spreading rapidly during the 1840s throughout the United States and parts of Canada. The organization had a highly restricted membership. In order to become a member (called a “brother“), a man had to be nominated by an existing brother. Three other brothers would then investigate his life to determine if they thought he was worthy of membership. The Sons of Temperance required a two-dollar initiation fee, an amount equal to a week’s wages of an ordinary worker. In addition, the weekly membership fee was six cents. It had secret rituals, signs, passwords, hand grips and regalia.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Sons of Temperance, Granite Division, No. 64 account book
Sons on Temperance, Granite Division No. 64 account book with constitution, by-laws, and rules of order of the Granite Division of the Sons of Temperance of New Hampshire, instituted in Bath on February, 13, 1851. Also contains George W. Jackman family accounts from January 1871 to January 1878.
Sons of Temperance of North America, Grand Division of New Hampshire, Hampstead Division No. 19 records
Records of Spigot division no. 19 of the Hampstead Division of the Grand Division of New Hampshire brotherhood of the Sons of Temperance of North America. Members include Amos Buck, N.C. Smith, Caleb Moulton, Hezekiah Ayer, Tappan Eastman, Daniel H. Emerson, Rufus Bailey and Stephen S. Shannon.