By Robert S. Wicks, Fred R. Foister
"Junius and Joseph examines Joseph Smith's approximately forgotten  presidential bid, the occasions major as much as his assassination on June 27, 1844, and the tangled aftermath of the tragic incident. It . . . establishes that Joseph Smith's homicide, instead of being the lethal end result of a spontaneous mob rebellion, was once in reality a gently deliberate military-style execution. it truly is now attainable to spot the various key members engaged in making plans his assassination in addition to those that took half within the attack on Carthage prison. And moment, this examine provides incontrovertible facts that the hassle to take away the Mormon chief from energy and impression prolonged way past Hancock County [Illinois] (and integrated fashionable Whig politicians in addition to the Democratic governor of the state), thereby remodeling his demise from an impulsive act by way of neighborhood vigilantes right into a political assassination sanctioned by means of probably the most strong males in Illinois. The situations surrounding Joseph Smith's loss of life additionally serve to focus on the customarily unrecognized fact complete realizing of early Mormon heritage should be won simply while thought of within the context of occasions happening in American society as a whole." starting with this provocative thesis, Wicks and Foister interact in an intensive reexamination of Joseph Smith's 1844 presidential candidacy, its political context and implications, and its possible connection to his homicide. whereas their paintings asserts arguable conclusions approximately what and who have been at the back of that homicide, its import extends extra because it presents remarkable, particular graphics of political Mormonism, politics in 1844 Illinois and the Midwest, the net of connections and personalities that associated the 2, and the occasions of June 27.
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The Mormon presence in nineteenth-century Missouri was once uneasy at most sensible and from time to time flared into violence fed by way of false impression and suspicion. by means of the top of 1838, blood used to be shed, and Governor Lilburn Boggs ordered that Mormons have been to be “exterminated or pushed from the country. ” The Missouri persecutions vastly formed Mormon religion and tradition; this ebook reexamines Mormon-Missourian historical past in the sociocultural context of its time.
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Joseph Smith, America’s preeminent visionary and prophet, rose from a modest heritage to came across the most important indigenous Christian church in American historical past. with no the advantage of wealth, schooling, or social place, he released the 584-page e-book of Mormon while he used to be twenty-three; geared up a church whilst he used to be twenty-four; and based towns, outfitted temples, and attracted millions of fans earlier than his violent dying at age thirty-eight.
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In the 1836 presidential race McLean was supported by Hammond, as well as John Woods, publisher of the Hamilton (Ohio) Intelligencer who had studied law under McLean before being admitted to the bar in 1819. Neither effort was successful. 5 At the time of McLean’s 1843 Supreme Court sessions in Springﬁeld, the movement to place his name on the 1844 Whig ticket was well underway. “We should not be greatly astonished . . if [McLean] . . is looking higher than the exalted seat he now occupies,” the Illinois State Register (published in Springﬁeld) speculated in midJune.
32 Junius and Joseph Jacob Burnet of Cincinnati, Ohio. Henry Howe, Historical Collections of Ohio, The Ohio Centennial Edition (1906) 1:316. quarters, then why is not Judge McLean’s chance for a nomination as good as that of Gen. S. Congress, John J. Hardin. A native of Kentucky, Hardin had moved to Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1830 after graduating in law from Lexington’s Transylvania University. Hardin was a staunch Clay Whig and a stepnephew of the elder statesman. S. senator Martin D. Hardin.
Congress, John J. Hardin. A native of Kentucky, Hardin had moved to Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1830 after graduating in law from Lexington’s Transylvania University. Hardin was a staunch Clay Whig and a stepnephew of the elder statesman. S. senator Martin D. Hardin. Porter and his new wife removed to Jacksonville in 1833 so that Elizabeth could be closer to her son. 7 Hardin was a member of Henry Clay’s inner circle, known as his “secret committee” to opponents, a network of political informants and conﬁdants assembled over more than four decades of public service.