Mary Hannah <I>Hanchett</I> Hunt

Mary Hannah Hanchett Hunt

South Canaan, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 24 Apr 1906 (aged 75)
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 23083092 · View Source
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Social Reformer. She graduated from Baltimore, Maryland's Patapsco Female Institute, afterwards remaining to teach science. Her observations convinced her that alcohol consumption was a societal drain, and she began studying its physiological effects. Convinced that consumption of beer, wine and liquor could be prevented through education, she determined to begin instructing school-age children and joined the Women's Christian Temperance Union. As head of the W.C.T.U.'s education department, she developed a program for teaching elementary school children and began to advocate for its use, including giving speeches and lectures and writing magazine and newspaper articles. In 1882 Vermont adopted her lessons as part of its mandated curriculum, and by 1901 every other state had followed suit. Hunt's works included "The Authorized Physiology Series", three volumes for providing temperance education in classrooms – "Health for Little Folks", "Lessons in Hygiene" and "Outlines of Anatomy" – and she remained with the W.C.T.U. until her death. The organization later decided on methods other than classroom instruction to advocate for temperance, and Hunt's work was carried on by colleagues organized as the Scientific Temperance Association. The passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, which was ratified in 1919 and prohibited alcohol sales until its 1933 repeal, was in large part attributed to Hunt's efforts to educate the World War I generation when they were schoolchildren.

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Teacher, Author, Patriot. Of commanding presence and eloquent speech, with sublime faith in the unity of spiritual and economic law. The international leader and chief factor in securing public school scientific temperance instruction.


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