Prudent Cote

Brief Life History of Prudent

When Prudent Cote was born on 10 July 1842, in Saint David, Madawaska, Aroostook, Maine, United States, his father, Eugène Côté, was 30 and his mother, Marie Anne Beaulieu, was 25. He married Modeste Michaud on 30 January 1866, in St. Basile 10, Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 28 August 1884, in Madawaska, Aroostook, Maine, United States, at the age of 42.

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Prudent Cote
Modeste Michaud
Marriage: 30 January 1866
Marie Côté
Édith Côté
Prudent Côté
Hypolite Paul Cote
Madeleine Côté
Belonie Côté
Alexis Cote
Julie Côté
Prudent Côté

Sources (19)

  • Prudent Cote, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Prudent Cote, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"
  • Marcine Cot\e in household of Eugine Cot\e, "United States Census, 1880"

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1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

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 This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856.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.


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Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: French Armand, Marcel, Normand, Andre, Emile, Laurent, Michel, Pierre, Jacques, Lucien, Fernand, Monique.

French (Côte, Côté, Coté): topographic name for someone who lived on a slope or riverbank, less often on the coast, from Old French coste (from Latin costa ‘rib, side, flank’, also used in a transferred topographic sense). There are several places in France, named with this word, and the surname may also be a habitational name from any of these. Compare Ducote .

French (Côté): variant of Costé, itself a variant of Coste and a cognate of 1 above, as a habitational name perhaps from Le Costil, the name of several places in Normandy. Compare Cody 3, Cota 5, Cotey , and Coty 1.

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

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