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This article is a date listing important events for the year 1919.



Federal Government

  • President: Woodrow Wilson (D)

The jailed suffragists released from prison. Appellate court rules all the arrests were illegal. President Wilson declares support for suffrage. Suffrage Amendment passes U.S. House with exactly a two-thirds vote but loses by two votes in the Senate.


State Government

August 13 – September 9 – 2nd Session of the 110th Virginia General Assembly which convened in Richmond for two sessions (1918 to 1920). Albemarle, Greene, and city of Charlottesville were represented by Senator Nathaniel B. Early (D) and Delegates G. M. McNutt and D. H. Pitts.

City of Charlottesville Government

see main article: Charlottesville City Council, 1918-1919


National Events

  • January 11 – Virginia was the second state to ratify the 18th Amendment. The Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution established the prohibition of "intoxicating liquors" in the United States.
  • January 16 – The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” becomes the law of the land-national prohibition began.
  • May 21 – During the first session of the 66th Congress (1919–1921), members of the U. S. House passed (for the second time) the women’s suffrage amendment.
  • June 4 – The U.S. Congress passes the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ratified by the states a year later. The amendment guarantees women the right to vote. It took over 60 years for the remaining 12 states to ratify the 19th Amendment.
  • August 26 – The Nineteenth Amendment, called the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, is ratified by Tennessee on August 18. It becomes law on this date. Virginia delayed its ratification until 1952.
  • October 28 – Congress passed the Volstead Act, the popular name for the National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. The act established the legal definition of intoxicating liquors as well as penalties for producing them.

State Events

  • November 1 – The Virginia Prohibition Commission, created in 1916 by an act of the General Assembly to enforce the Virginia Prohibition Act, went into effect. This law did not restrict individuals’ ability to manufacture alcoholic beverages, or "ardent spirits", for their own use, but did restrict the "sale and transport of said goods".



  • November 12 - Senator Thomas S. Martin, ill since the latter part of May, died at 1:15 o’clock this afternoon at the University Hospital.[1]. Until about 10-years ago he lived in the village of his birth, Scottsville, when he purchased a home near the University he would renovate and name "Montesano" (eventually to be know as the Faulkner House)[2]. An American lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Scottsville, Martin founded a political organization that held power in Virginia for decades (later becoming known as the Byrd Organization). Martin held office from March 4, 1895 until his death.

Images dated 1919