180 years ago today - Feb 15, 1841

Joseph, as chairman of the committee on vending of spirituous liquors, suggests a bill that would prohibit selling whiskey in smaller quantities than a gallon. After a long debate it is passed. Joseph says, "I spoke at great length on the use of liquors, and showed that they were unnecessary, and operate as a poison in the stomach, and that roots and herbs can be found to effect all necessary purposes." (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 4:298-99.)

[Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

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