The first Congress of the United States passed a tax on distilled spirits – “Whiskey”. It had been the first tax ever enacted on a domestic product.Rural farmers,that have struggling for survival on the frontier, were opposed to the tax, while people who lived in the cities along the seaboard supported it.
The first formal meeting of those opposed to the tax had taken place at the Fort Redstone in Brownsville, Pennsylvania
On September 6, 1791, a formal assembly had been held at the Sign of the Green Tree Tavern to address grievances about the whiskey excise.
The first act of mob violence against a tax collector, Robert Johnson, who had been a recently appointed collector of the federal revenue for Washington and Allegheny counties of western Pennsylvania
President George Washington takes command of an army of 12,000 at Carlisle and he leads them into Western Pennsylvania. Rebels were arrested, of which 20 were convicted of treason. All were subsequently pardoned by President Washington.
The Whiskey Tax was repealed after it had become impossible to collect.