e issuing of spirits to the occupants of the poor house was prohibited, and the order stood on the books for some years thereafter.
In 1836, 7 and 8, he was elected selectman on the temperance ticket.
One of his associates at this time was James O. Curtis, another shipbuilder and ardent temperance worker.
The following extract from the selectmen's records defines their position.
It is from a petition to the County Commissioners who according to the law at that time had the right to issue s communication may have been pithy.
Orthodox to the backbone, he did not assert sectarianism in his temperance work; for in Medford, Rev. Caleb Stetson, Unitarian, Rev. Hosea Ballou, Universalist, with his parishioners, Timothy Cotting and James O. Curtis, and others from every denomination in town, worked to stamp out intemperance, and to encourage legislation against illegal liquor selling.
The fight against intemperance and slavery, in which Deacon James was prominent, brought down all