Prohibition Dries Up

The Beginning of the End

Katherine Langley, Campaign Card, 1926/tiles/non-collection/2/2006_183_000.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Katherine Langley’s election—promoted with this 1926 card—served as an example of voter’s ambivalence toward Prohibition enforcement. Her husband, Representative John Langley, was convicted of “conspiracy to violate the Prohibition Act” by trying to sell 1,400 bottles of Kentucky whiskey in 1924. He won re-election that year while his conviction was being appealed, but was forced to resign in 1926, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn the ruling. Katherine Langley resolved to clear her husband’s name by running for his seat. John Langley campaigned for her from prison, telling voters, “She knows better than anyone else my unfinished plans.” She won, and considered her victory a vindication of her husband.

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