Cermak and Beer (1922)

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One of my grandfathers was a Democratic precinct captain and collected all sort of political souvenirs. I recently rediscovered this brass token among my files.  In November 1922, 22nd Ward alderman Anton J. Cermak was running for a seat on the Cook County board, and also for president of that board. Therefore, voting for Cermak twice was legal–at least in this election.

Cermak was also sponsoring a referendum to modify the Volstead Act, the law which enforced the national Prohibition Amendment. The idea was to permit light wines and beer.

Cermak won the election, and served as Cook County board president until he was elected mayor of Chicago in 1931. However, though the “damp” referendum carried by a 2-to-1 margin, it was not binding. The country finally junked Prohibition in 1933.

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1 Response to “Cermak and Beer (1922)”


  1. 1 Levois April 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    That’s a cool piece of history you found.


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