The Very Rev. Theobald Mathew

Lithograph, c.1850.
Image size 12 x 8 3/4" (305 x 220 mm).
Good condition and color.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 49204
Price: $225.00
Publisher : Lith. & pub by J. Baillie 118 Nassau St. N.Y.
Theobald Mathew (1790–1856), an Irish temperance reformer was born at Thomastown, near Golden, County Tipperary, Ireland on October 10, 1790. The movement with which his name is associated began on 10 April 1838 with the establishment of the "Cork Total Abstinence Society" which relied on one enduring act of will to keep a person sober for life. It was called simply The Pledge. It could be made by anybody, either with or without an alcohol problem. When he left the USA in 1851, strong temperance societies carried on the work. “I thank heaven I have been instrumental in adding to the ranks of temperance over 600,000 in the United States,” he wrote. 18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , Clergy