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Dr. Theobald Matthew (1790-1856). By Ryan Chandler. Dr. Theobald Matthew. Established the Total Abstinence Society in Ireland, which was notable for requiring members to take an abstinence pledge. Had a positive impact, with crime decreasing noticeably.

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dr theobald matthew
Dr. Theobald Matthew
  • Established the Total Abstinence Society in Ireland, which was notable for requiring members to take an abstinence pledge.
    • Had a positive impact, with crime decreasing noticeably.
    • Over 7,000,000 had taken the abstinence pledge.
  • Went to America after being invited by Caleb Woodhull, mayor of New York, to have more people take his pledge.
    • This led to a tour around the whole country that was met with success and enthusiasm
  • “I thank heaven I have been instrumental in adding to the ranks of temperance over 600,000 in the United States.”
  • He started a wide temperance movement throughout the country and involved women in his movement.
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