PRESIDENT WILSON SAVES BEER & WINE BUT WHISKEY IS HISTORY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 29, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson saved beer and wine from "annihilation" but "doomed whisky to the fate proposed in the war prohibition section of the food control bill."
The President sent a letter to the Anti-Saloon League* "asking the organization to agree to the elimination...of beer and wine" from the bill.
Mr. Wilson was most concerned about the delay in passage of his administration's Food Control Bill.
*Anti-Saloon League was the leading lobbyist organization for prohibition in the U.S. in the early 20th century. It was strongest in the South & rural North and had great support among protestant churches. In 1909, the ASL moved its HQ from Washington, D.C. to Westerville, Ohio.
"Forbid Only Whisky: Wilson Asks Senate Not To Touch Beer and Wine", by Arthur Sears Henning, The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 30, 1917.