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Prohibitionist Carrie Nation, also known as Nation's burial spot was not originally
Carry Nation, is interred in a Belton, Missouri marked, but this tombstone was later
cemetery. donated by the Women's Christian
The inscription reads "Faithful to the cause Here is the gate of the cemetery, founded
of prohibition. 'She hath done what she in 1875.
*** Interesting Facts ***
* One of the several things that motivated Carrie to become a prohibitionist was her first marriage. In November of 1867, she married Dr. Charles Gloyd, a man with a severe addiction to alcohol. Dr. Gloyd's addiction ultimately proved to be his undoing and he passed away two years later.
* She eventually remarried several years later to an attorney named David Nation. The couple tried to maintain a farm, but it failed miserably. After years failing at other occupations, David and Carrie did not know where their lives were headed. After a while, Carrie turned to God for an answer. One morning in 1900, Carrie Nation awoke to what she said was a soft, gentle voice. "Go to Kiowa," she claimed it said. "I'll stand by you." As she was trying to abolish alcohol, Carrie's interpretation of this message was that she was supposed to go to Kiowa, Kansas and smash bottles of alcohol. After gathering some rocks, that is exactly what she did. She destroyed the liquor supply of three saloons, shortly before a tornado hit half of the state. Feeling that this was another message from God, Nation decided to continue her raid on saloons.
* After she destroyed several more saloons, the name Carrie Nation quickly rose to fame. Once, her husband joked that she should tote a hatchet with her in order to cause more damage, a comment with which she agreed. On her following raids, she used a hatchet to smash kegs and bottles, during which she often sang hymns and prayed.
* During her eleven years of prohibition demonstrations, known as "hatchetations", Carrie Nation was arrested over thirty times and fined large sums of money. She was not always alone during these demonstrations. Other women who despised alcohol accompanied her on her missions, smashing bottles and spilling liquor across floors.
* Upon hearing of President McKinley's death in 1901, Nation became overwhelmed with joy. She believed that McKinley drank in secret and was an alcoholic, and that his assassination was a blessing.
Spouse: Charles Gloyd ( -1869)
David Nation ( - )
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