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Andrew John Volstead

Andrew John Volstead

(1859-1947)

Andrew Volstead, a Statesman from Minnesota, is inducted for his sponsorship of the Capper-Volstead Act of 1922.

This federal legislation is fondly referred to as “The Magna Carta of Cooperation” for it guaranteed the rights of farmers to organize and operate cooperatives without fear of governmental anti-trust reprisal.

Earlier legislation, such as the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 and the Clayton Act of 1914, was supported by many farmers at the time of enactment, but later caused conflict with farmers seeking to develop organized marketing associations.

The Capper-Volstead Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Warren G. Harding in 1922, paved the way for business efficiencies in the agricultural industry by removing anti-trust discord. Arthur Capper, a Kansas Senator and also a Hall of Fame inductee, co-sponsored the legislation in the U.S. Senate.

Congressman Volstead served in Congress for twenty years. He was Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and also sponsored the Volstead Act of 1919. The Volstead Act, more popularly known as Prohibition, became the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

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