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Terre Haute Gospel Temperance Union pledge card

 Collection — Folder: S2468
Identifier: S2468

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a pledge card of the Terre Haute Gospel Temperance Union that was signed by B. H. Smith in 1889.


  • 1889

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Francis Murphy (1836-1907) was a well-known leader of the Gospel Temperance movement of the 19th century. He wrote the temperance pledge "With Malice toward none, with charity for all, I, the undersigned, do pledge my word and honor, God helping me, to abstain from all intoxicationg liquors as a beverage, and that I will encourage others to abstain." At his death, it was estimated that he had inspired 16 million people to sign the pledge.


"Francis Murphy Dead. Famous Temperance Advocate had Induced Millions to Sign Pledge. The New York Times, July 1, 1907. Accessed October 18, 2022.

Wikipedia conttributors. "Francis Murphy (evangelist). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed October 18, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Bookazine on 1942/03/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/10/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/10/18 by Laura Eliason.
Terre Haute Gospel Temperance Union pledge card
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.