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Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassins, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom

Spencer W. McBride

Abstract

In 1844, Joseph Smith, the controversial founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had amassed a national following of some 25,000 believers—and a militia of some 2,500 men. In this year, his priority was protecting the lives and civil rights of his people. Having failed to win the support of any of the presidential contenders for these efforts, Smith launched his own renegade campaign for the White House, one that would end with his assassination at the hands of an angry mob. Smith ran on a platform that called for the total abolition of slavery, the closure of the country’s ... More

Keywords: Joseph Smith, Mormons, Latter-day Saints, Nauvoo, election of 1844, Henry Clay, James K. Polk, Martin Van Buren, religious freedom, federalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190909413
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190909413.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Spencer W. McBride, author
Associate Managing Historian, The Joseph Smith Papers