Death of Joseph Smith
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Time Period
6/27/1844
Description
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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Biographies
Smith, Joseph
Photographs

Death of Joseph Smith- Internet Archive- from The Mormons, or Latter-Day Saints by Henry Mayhew

Joseph Smith portrait- National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Insitution- gift of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Independence, Missouri

Hyrum Smith portrait- Internet Archive- from A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by Nephi Anderson

Death of Joseph Smith- Internet Archive- The Rocky Mountain Saints by T. B. H. Stenhouse

Carthage jail- Internet Archive- from The Latter-Day Prophet by George Q. Cannon
Book/Journal Source(s)
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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