Death of Joseph Smith
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Joseph Smith’s death was the culmination of perpetual persecution and conflict over the years. In 1832, Smith was tarred and feathered in Hiram, Ohio. Critics in Nauvoo, Illinois despised him for the practice of plural marriage, and his choice to run for the president of United States in 1844. When Smith destroyed the printing press for the Nauvoo Expositor for publishing a scathing article about the church, it was the last straw. Local authorities jailed Smith, his brother, and others for the act and held them in Carthage, Illinois. A mob broke into the jail and killed Smith as well as his brother. This occurred on June 27, 1844, making Smith a martyr at the age of 38.
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Joseph Smith portrait- National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Insitution- gift of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Independence, Missouri

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Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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