Timothy S. Arthur

Part of the Temperance Reform

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Date of birth and Death date

Born June 6th, 1809, died March 6th, 1885

Childhood and Education

At age 14 he apprenticed to a tailor in Baltimore, but his poor eyesight and lack of motivation for physical work made him search for other jobs, he was then employed by a wholesale merchandiser and later as an agent for an investment agency. He sometimes attended local schools in Baltimore, where him and his dad had moved in 1820.

Marriage, family, career, and further education

In the 1830s, he attempted several times to become a professional author and publisher, but failed every time. Finally, in 1838, he co-published a The Baltimore Book, a gift book that included a short tale contributed by Edgar Allen Poe called “Siope”. He wrote the 3rd best selling novel of the 1800’s called Ten Nights In a Bar Room, and What I Saw There. It was about the effects of alcohol and the terrible things it can make you do if you drink too much of it.

Motivations to become a reformer

His motivation to become a reformer was that he seen the effects of alcohol and thought that if he wrote some stuff about what it made you do that maybe people would drink less and there would be less abuse of women by men, and it worked for the most part.

What did the reform do to make changes

He wrote a book about a man who was down on his luck so he stayed in a bar room and got drunk and by the end of the story he had put his daughter in a coma and was begging god to forgive him and let her live and he promised he wouldn't drink anymore, so she lived and he stopped drinking. This story made a lot of men stop drinking so much.

Accomplishments of this reformer

Timothy Arthur wrote a best selling book called Ten Nights In a Bar-Room and What I Saw There.
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How did he die and rememberances today

Died of natural causes March 6, 1885, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is remembered mostly for his bestselling book Ten Nights In A Bar Room And What I Saw There.