Ernest Cherrington

From Ohio History Central

Ernest Cherrington was an educator, journalist and leader in the temperance and prohibition movement in America.

Cherrington was born on November 24, 1877, in Hamden, Ohio. He went to college at Ohio Wesleyan University and then became a schoolteacher. Cherrington became increasingly concerned about what he felt was the apparently declining morality of his fellow Americans. The consumption of alcohol especially distressed Cherrington. He left teaching to become a newspaper reporter and critic of alcohol consumption.

In 1901, Cherrington joined the Ohio Anti-Saloon League. He became superintendent of the organization's Canton, Ohio affiliate. Cherrington was appointed to be the assistant superintendent of the Ohio Anti-Saloon League, and then promoted to be superintendent of the Washington Anti-Saloon League.

Cherrington also contributed to the Anti-Saloon League in other ways. He served as a writer or editor of three of the organization's publications, including The American Issue from 1909 to 1942, the American Patriot from 1912 to 1916, and the National Register from 1915 to 1916. Cherrington firmly believed that alcohol consumption would decline if temperance advocates educated children about the subject. To accomplish this task, Cherrington wrote The Standard Encyclopedia of the Alcohol Problem, a six-volume reference work that the Anti-Saloon League made available to schools.

A member of the Methodist Church, Cherrington later left his various positions with the Anti-Saloon League to serve as the executive secretary of the Board of Temperance of the Methodist Church. He remained in this position until the late 1940s when he retired to his home in Columbus, Ohio. Ernest Cherrington died in 1950.

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