The SONS OF TEMPERANCE, a national semi-secret fraternal society, organized a Cleveland lodge on 27 July 1847; branches existed in the city for nearly 40 years. The centralized order of the Sons of Temperance organized nationally in 1842 in New York, in the wake of the evangelical Washingtonian
In 1852-53 the Sons of Temperance, with the Cleveland Temperance Alliance, tried to legally prohibit the sale of liquor. When such efforts failed, the group apparently turned to measures such as vigilante action against illegal dealers. At their 20th anniversary, the local Sons of Temperance counted 500 members, mostly tradesmen and middle-class professionals. Later, the number of local lodges declined, from 11 in 1874 to 2 in 1884. By 1885 only the Broadway Division remained, meeting in a church at Broadway and Gallup streets; by 1886 it too had disappeared.