The National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was founded in Cleveland in November 1874. The purpose of the WCTU was to combat the influence of alcohol on families and society. The first president was Annie Wittenmyer.
Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Temperance Parade, 1908.
The Chicago Central Union reached its zenith of activity during the 1880s and 1890s. The WCTU national headquarters, located in Chicago until 1900, lent the prestige of national leaders to local affairs.
Welcome, and thanks for visiting the official site of the The Woman's Christian Temperance Union. The WCTU was organized by women who were concerned about the destructive power of alcohol and the problems it was causing their families and society.