Rev. Wilbur F. Crafts

Name:
Rev. Wilbur F. Crafts
Born:
1850
Died:
1922

About

Conservative Protestant clergyman and self-proclaimed “Christian Lobbyist,” Wilbur Crafts maintained an office in Washington DC from 1895 to campaign against what he termed the “Big Four” evils, intemperance, impurity, Sabbath breaking and gambling, and for legislation limiting divorce, controlling sexuality and enforcing prohibition and Sunday closing of commercialised amusements.  He began campaigning for film censorship in 1910, and wrote the bill to establish federal censorship discussed by Congress in 1914 and 1916. In collaboration with Canon William Shaefe Chase, he renewed the campaign for federal regulation of the industry in 1921.

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