Good Templar

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Good Templar a member of a temperance society founded in the United States in 1852, and introduced into England in 1868, its organisation modelled on that of the Freemasons, with lodges, passwords and grips, and insignia
    • Good Templar a member of a teetotal society whose organisation is a travesty of that of the Freemasons
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. called 'Poor fellow-soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon,' from their first headquarters in the palace of King Baldwin II., which was built on the site of the temple of Solomon, close to the church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Usage

In literature:

The old gal leaks some; she ain't as dry as a Good-Templar prayer meetin', but she's afloat.
"The Woman-Haters" by Joseph C. Lincoln
The Lodges of Oddfellows and Good Templars also presented us with addresses.
"Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration" by Ernest Giles
He was called the Good Templar and was often derisively addressed as Worthy Chief.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
There are besides two lodges of Good Templars and a San Francisco Temperance Union.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
At the grog tub the sailor stands with uncovered head while performing the ceremonial abhorred of Good Templars.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
We got him to join the Good Templars last night.
"Peck's Compendium of Fun" by George W. Peck
The evening after the hanging I gave an address in the Methodist Church for the Good Templars.
"Wit, Humor, Reason, Rhetoric, Prose, Poetry and Story Woven into Eight Popular Lectures" by George W. Bain
The Independent Order of Good Templars and the Prohibition party indorsed the amendment.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The Good Templars asked for License suffrage for women.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
THE INDEPENDENT ORDER OF GOOD TEMPLARS.
"A Virginia Village" by Charles A. Stewart
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In poetry:

O Good Templars!
There's work for us to-day.
Then gird your armor on again,
And only pause to pray.
"Good Templars' Song" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Good Templars" one and all,
Good "Sons," and daughters, too,
We dedicate this temperance hall
To God, to Truth, and you!
"Dedication Of A Temperance Hall" by Mary Baker Eddy