The Blaine Act, sponsored by John Blaine to repeal Prohibition, passed in the United States Senate today in 1933. Now WE know em


John James Blaine was born May 4, 1875 in Wingville, Wisconsin.

He went on to become the Attorney General of Wisconsin from January 6, 1919 until January 3, 1921 when he became the 24th Governor of Wisconsin.

Then on March 4, 1927 John became a United States Senator representing Wisconsin.

In the Republican primary of 1932, John Blaine was defeated by John B. Chapple who was in turn defeated in the general election by F. Ryan Duffy.

John Blaine, however, is perhaps best remembered as the sponsor of the Blaine Act submitted after his primary defeat and just a couple months before he was to leave office on March 4, 1933.

Blaine Act

The Blaine Act initiated the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which had established Prohibition on January 17, 1920.

Blaine’s repeal of prohibition passed the United States Senate on February 17, 1933.

Congress then proposed the Twenty-first Amendment on February 20, 1933.

It is unique among the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution for being the only one to repeal a previous Amendment, and for being the only one to have been ratified by the method of the state ratifying conventions, specially selected for this purpose.

All other amendments have been ratified by state legislatures.

The Twenty-first amendment was then formally adopted on December 5, 1933.

The Twenty-first Amendment ending national prohibition became officially effective on December 15, 1933 though people had started drinking openly before that date.

John Blaine died April 16, 1934 in Boscobel, Wisconsin at the age of 58.

Now WE know em



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