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E.L. Dohoney to Erminia Folsom, December 20, 1914

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E.L. (Eben) Dohoney was a long-time leader for both women's suffrage and prohibition. Dohoney was born in Kentucky in 1832 but moved to Paris, Texas, as a young man to practice law. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. After the war, he served two terms in the Texas Legislature and was a delegate to the 1875 Constitutional Convention. He provided support for women's suffrage in floor debate in 1875 and remained a supporter of women's rights until his death in 1919. Dohoney was best known as a prohibitionist. He authored the local-option clause in the 1876 Constitution that gave localities the right to ban the sale of alcohol. In 1882 he joined the Prohibition Party and was the party's candidate for governor in 1886. He was active in the Populist Party in the 1890s.

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E.L. Dohoney to Erminia Folsom, 1914

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E.L. Dohoney to Erminia Folsom, December 20, 1914, Erminia Thompson Folsom Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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