Andrew Volstead

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Birthday
31, 1860
Birthplace
Minnesota
Death Date
Jan 20, 1947 (86)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
31, 1860
Birthplace
Minnesota
Death Date
Jan 20, 1947 (86)

About

Republican politician who was a Member of the US House of Representatives from Minnesota from 1903 to 1923. He notably authored the National Prohibition Act of 1919 (or the Volstead Act), which made the country officially dry for more than a decade.

Before Fame

After studying law, he began practicing in Minnesota, and won a seat on the House of Representatives in 1903.

Trivia

An alcohol abstainer himself, he subscribed to the ideas advanced by group like the Anti-Saloon League that alcohol brings a rash of social ills.

Family Life

He was born in Kenyon, Minnesota, the son of Norwegian immigrants.

Associated With

His act and its adherent amendment were finally rescinded by Franklin D. Roosevelt's signature in 1932.