The Temperance Movement
In 1829, the Presbyterian minister Rev. John Edgar initiated a temperance movement, by pouring his stock of whiskey out his window. The Temperance movement in Ireland was an influential movement dedicated to lowering consumption of alcohol that involved both Protestant and Catholic religious leaders. Thousands of people were persuaded to sign the pledge, therefore, establishing the Teetotal Abstinence Society in 1838. Many years later, in 1898, the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association was founded to reaffirm the fading influence of the original temperance pledge.
Carrie Amelia Nation
Teetotaling cannot be mentioned here without the mention of Carrie Nation, an American woman who was a radical member of the temperance movement, which opposed alcohol before the advent of Prohibition. She is particularly noteworthy for attacking alcohol-serving establishments (most often taverns) with a hatchet.