Frank Fifield

about 1849–about 1860 (Age 11)
Maine, United States

The Life of Frank

When Frank Fifield was born about 1849, in Maine, United States, his father, John Thompson Fifield, was 30 and his mother, Louisa Hoyt, was 32. He died about 1860, in his hometown, at the age of 11.

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John Thompson Fifield
Louisa Hoyt
George Sanborn Fifield
Frank Fifield
Joanna Hoyt Fifield
John F Fifield
Luella Augusta Fifield
Annabell Louisa Fifield

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1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 2

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Fifield or Fyfield, of which there are instances in Berkshire, Essex, Oxfordshire, and Wiltshire, all so named from Old English fīf ‘five’ + hīd ‘hide’. (A hide was a measurement of land area.)

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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