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  1. Feb 2017
    1. olitical meetingl'i were often held in saloons, and brew-ers, saloon keepers, and others in the liquor business were elected to local offices.

      I know that coffee houses were often times the meeting places for political discussion among men in London and Paris and that women were not usually allowed to partake unless employed as a waitress or servant. It seems like a notable connection that the meetings were happening in saloons in America as well and consisted mostly of men.