St. Patrick’s Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society

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St. Patrick’s Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society

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  • Saint Patrick’s Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society

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February 23, 1840-[18--?]


Founded in Montreal on February 23, 1840 by Father Patrick Phelan, the Saint Patrick's Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society claimed to be the first Roman Catholic temperance society in North America. Members pledged to abstain from intoxicating drinks, registered by name, and paid monthly dues. Within one year the Society had 3,000 pledged members. After one year, members were entitled to the Society's death benefits plan which gave money to the family of the deceased, usually the widow. If there was no family, the Society would organize and pay for the burial.


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Created by Records Management and Archives Department in September 2010.
Input by Concordia University Libraries 2015-05-20.




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