Georgia Hopley

American journalist and temperance advocate (1858-1944)

Georgia Eliza Hopley (April 29, 1858 - July 1, 1944) was an American journalist, political figure, and temperance advocate. A member of a prominent Ohio publishing family, she was active in state and national politics. In 1922 she became the first woman prohibition agent of the United States Bureau of Prohibition.


  • I hope the first bootlegger I get is not the 'first woman bootlegger'
  • There you have the worst problem for prohibition officials. They resort to all sorts of tricks, concealing metal containers in their clothing, in false bottoms of trunks and traveling bags, and even in baby buggies. On the Canadian, Mexican and Florida borders inspectors are constantly on the lookout for women bootleggers, who try to smuggle liquor into the states. Their detection and arrest is far more difficult than that of the male law-breakers.
    • In regards to woman bootleggers. Quoted in "First woman prohibition agent says her sex must see to law enforcement". The Evening Star (Washington, D.C.) March 12, 1922 p. 5.
    • Quoted in Minnick, Fred (2013). Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of how Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey pg. 33
  • While there are many women who had no desire to be granted the right of franchise, since the duty has been imposed upon them at this most opportune time, affording them the opportunity and privilege of mobilizing under the banner in the greatest battle ever waged in behalf of that greatest of all institutions, the American home, they will not be found wanting.
    • The Washington Times. August 9, 1922. pg. 5.