Date Original

1904 October 8


This collection contains an agreement between Carry A. Nation, of Kansas, and James A. Ray, of Wichita, Kansas, employing him as attorney to prosecute persons violating the prohibitory liquor law in Kansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

Carrie (Carry) Amelia Nation was born on November 25, 1846, in Garrard County, Kentucky, to George and Mary Moore. Carrie married a young physician and teacher by the name of Charles Gloyd, despite her parent’s objections. Gloyd was an alcoholic and died from his addiction in 1869. Carrie then married David Nation, who was nineteen years her senior, an attorney, minister, and journalist, in 1874. By 1901, Carrie and David divorced due to differences in religion and charity work. She began speaking out against the evils of alcohol and taking extreme measures to discourage the consumption of distilled liquor. She started destroying whiskey kegs with hatchets, breaking windows in saloons, and setting alcohol on fire. Carrie organized the Woman's Christian Temperance Union devoted to social reform and informing the public about the destructive power of alcohol. Carrie gave speeches and toured the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, visiting twenty-six different saloons and bars in 1906. She was arrested in Arkansas, both in Little Rock and Hot Springs fighting for the Temperance movement. Carrie retired to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She died June 9, 1911.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area






Resource Type



Carry A. Nation agreement, SMC.177.014


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Carry A. Nation agreement, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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