Abraham Lincoln, who was born 200 years ago tomorrow, was an abolitionist and most abolitionists were prohibitionists too.
But Lincoln, who was also a masterful politician, had it both ways on alcohol.
As a young man, he had been a licensed whiskey retailer, first as a hired clerk, then as a business owner, in the tiny frontier hamlet of New Salem, Illinois. The stores all failed and left him burdened with debt, so he found a government job, studied law, and got into politics.
My birthday tribute to Lincoln is here.
Below are two pictures from New Salem, which has been recreated as a historic site. They call the second one the Lincoln-Berry Store, but the first one seems more like it.