Whiskey Rebellion

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Whiskey Rebellion (1791-1794) - Started in 1791 as an armed tax protest during the presidency of George Washington. An excise tax known as the "whiskey tax" was the first tax imposed on distilled beverages by the new federal government. The tax became law in 1791 and the protests began in Western Pennsylvania.

George Washington at Fort Cumberland during the Whiskey Rebellion 18 Oct 1794

Tax protesters used violence and intimidation to prevent collection of the tax. In July 1794 more than 500 armed men attacked the home of tax inspector General John Neville. President George Washington gathered 13,000 state militiamen at the site of old Fort Cumberland and personally reviewed the troops and set out to suppress the insurgency. At the news that Washington's army was coming the rebels all went home, and the rebellion was over

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