Neal Dow

Neal Dow

Dow, Neal, 1804-97, American prohibitionist, b. Portland, Maine. He helped organize the Maine Temperance Union in 1838 and prepared (1851) the famous "Maine Law," which superseded the less rigid prohibition legislation of 1846. As mayor of Portland (1851-59), Dow succeeded with difficulty in making his law operative in that city. He lectured on prohibition throughout the United States, and in 1857 he visited England. He was the Prohibition party's candidate for President in 1880.

See his reminiscences (1898) and biography by F. L. Byrne (1961, repr. 1969).

Neal Dow Becker (1883 - 1955) was a manufacturer, attorney, and Consul General to Bulgaria.

Becker was born in Cherry Creek, New York. Becker graduated from Cornell University in 1905. While at Cornell, he was a member of the Glee Club and the Debate Team. He was also elected into the Sphinx Head Society at Cornell.

Becker then practiced law in New York City.

Becker served as a Trustee of Cornell University and was chairman of the Board from 1947-1953. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he was a co-founder of the American Australian Association in 1948.


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