American Health and Temperance Association

An organization dedicated to the advocacy of temperance. On Feb. 13, 1826, the American Health and Temperance Association, then called the American Temperance Society, was incorporated in Boston, Massachusetts. The Christian Examiner at that time declared: “The greatest enterprise and the most hopeful omen of the age, perhaps, is the temperance reform.” By 1827 more than 7,000 temperance societies had been established and were active, composed of one and a quarter million members and claiming more than 10,000 reclaimed drunkards. This organization was reconstituted and established by the General Conference in 1932. Joseph Bates, one of the Seventh-day Adventist pioneers, had long been a temperance reformer. Toward the end of his years as a seaman, he discarded the use of all alcoholic ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.