William D. Upshaw

William D. Upshaw (1866 - 1952) served as a U.S. Representative from Georgia in the Democratic Party from 1919 to 1927. Upshaw was one of the most dedicated prohibitionists in the country. In August 1925 Upshaw suggested that the "Wets" (those opposed to prohibition) form a national party and that Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University, run as their candidate for President and Clarence Darrow run for Vice President. Upshaw then challenged Murray to a debate. Upshaw was nominated for President by the Prohibition Party in 1932 but lost to Franklin Roosevelt.

Upshaw suffered a serious spinal injury at age 18. He spent time in a body cast, in a brace, in a wheelchair, and finally on crutches for all but the last few months of his life. In February 1951 at age 84 he was allegedly cured at the William Branham Healing Service.

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