Eugene Wilder Chafin

Eugene Chafin was born on 1 November 1852 in East Troy, Wisconsin.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin.  A lawyer, Chafin soon became involved in local politics, serving as a justice of the peace and on the school board.
     Chafin was attracted to the Prohibition Party and became one of our stalwarts:  He ran for Congress in 1882, for Attorney General of Wisconsin in 1886 and again in 1900, and for Governor in 1898. 
     Moving to Illinois, he ran again for Congress in 1902, for Attorney General in 1904, for President of The United States in 1908 and again in 1912; finally, in Arizona, in 1914, he ran for the U.S. Senate.
      Chafin won none of these races, but his enthusiasm for campaigning did much to publicize our Party.  In 1912, alone, he delivered 538 speeches.
      Eugene Chafin died on 30 November 1920, in Long Beach, California.

-- Gammon, 2007, pp. 72-74

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