December 20, 1820

On December 20, 1820, the state of Missouri enacted a law that taxed all bachelors between the ages of 21 to 50 for being unmarried. The tax was $1 a year, which would be about $20 today. It wasn’t enough to force unmarried men to move or get married, but it was like the married senators and state representatives of Missouri were unhappy with the carefree existence of their unmarried brethren and had to stick a thumb in their eye, just because.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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