TEMPERANCE LEADER FRANCIS MURPHY SIGNED CABINET CARD.
Cabinet card, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4, of Francis Murphy, pen signed on the back" To our heroic leader Gov. John St. John God Bless you Francis Murphy". Taber, San Francisco, Cal imprint. Slight wear and soiling, t/r corner of mount broken off, o/w VG-Fine cond. (hpcc001): $120.
Francis Murphy (1836–1907) was an American temperance evangelist, Beginning in 1870 in New Hampshire, he started temperance reform clubs throughout that state and later, his headquarters were in Pittsburgh, Pa. After his first address there in 1876, 65,000 people signed the pledge he wrote: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, I hereby pledge my sacred honor that, God helping me, I will abstain from the use of all intoxicating liquors as a beverage, and that I will encourage others to abstain."
John St. John server as lieutenant colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was the Republican Governor of Kansas from 1879 to 1883. Active in the temperance movement, he successfully promoted a prohibition amendment to that state's constitution. He was the Prohibition Party candidate for President of the United States in the 1884 election.