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Mormons

Created by: PICRYLDated: 2016
Mormon farmer and his family. Cache County, Utah
Mormons are a religious and cultural group related to Mormonism, the principal branch of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity, which began with Joseph Smith in upstate New York during the 1820s. After Smith's death in 1844, the Mormons followed Brigham Young to what would become the Utah Territory.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints originated in Upstate New York, where Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, was raised. Joseph Smith gained the first following in the late 1820s as he was dictating the Book of Mormon, which he said was a translation of words found on a set of "golden plates" that had been buried near his home by an indigenous American prophet. The church rapidly gained a following, who viewed Smith as their prophet. As church leader, Smith instituted the then-secret practice of plural marriage and taught a form of Millennialism which he called "theodemocracy", to be led by a Council of Fifty which, allegedly, had secretly and symbolically anointed him as king of this Millennial theodemocracy. In late 1830, Smith envisioned a "city of Zion", a Utopian city in Native American lands near Independence, Missouri. After Smith and other Mormons emigrated to Missouri in 1838, hostilities escalated into the 1838 Mormon War, culminating in adherents being expelled from the state under an Extermination Order signed by the governor of Missouri.

After Missouri, Smith built the city of Nauvoo, Illinois. Soon, The Nauvoo Expositor, a newspaper edited by dissident Mormon William Law, issued a scathing criticism of polygamy and Nauvoo theocratic government. Smith and the Nauvoo city council voted to shut down the paper as a public nuisance. Relations between Mormons and residents of surrounding communities had been strained, and some of them instituted criminal charges against Smith for treason. Smith surrendered to police in the nearby Carthage, Illinois, and while in state custody, he and his brother Hyrum Smith were killed by an angry mob attacking the jail on June 27, 1844.

After his death, the majority of church members voted to accept the Quorum of the Twelve, led by Brigham Young, as the church's leading body. Under the leadership of Brigham Young, Church leaders planned to leave Nauvoo, Illinois in April 1846, but amid threats from the state militia, they were forced to cross the Mississippi River in the cold of February and forged a path to Salt Lake City known as the Mormon Trail. One of the reasons the Saints had chosen the Great Basin as a settling place was that the area was at the time outside the territorial borders of the United States, which Young had blamed for failing to protect Mormons from political opposition from the states of Missouri and Illinois.

They left the boundaries of the United States to what is now Utah where they founded Salt Lake City. The groups that left Illinois for Utah became known as the Mormon pioneers. The arrival of the original Mormon Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847 is commemorated by the Utah State holiday Pioneer Day.

In the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico ceded the Utah area to the United States. As a result, Brigham Young sent emissaries to Washington, D.C. with a proposal to create a vast State of Deseret, of which Young would naturally be the first governor. Instead, Congress created the much smaller Utah Territory in 1850, and Young was appointed a governor in 1851.

By 1857, tensions had again escalated between Mormons and other Americans, largely as a result of church teachings on polygamy and theocracy. In 1857-1858, the church was involved in an armed conflict with the U.S. government, entitled the Utah War. The war resulted in the relatively peaceful invasion of Utah by the United States Army, after which Young agreed to step down from power and be replaced by a non-Mormon territorial governor. Nevertheless, the church still wielded significant political power in the Utah Territory. Mormons continued the practice of polygamy despite opposition by the United States Congress.

In 1862, 1874 and 1887 the U.S. Congress enacted acts which made bigamy a felony in the U.S. territories. By 1890, many church leaders had gone into hiding to avoid prosecution, and half the Utah prison population was composed of polygamists. Church leadership officially ended the practice in 1890 and stopped performing polygamous marriages in 1904. During the 20th century, the church became an international organization and strong public champion of monogamy and family values.
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Tarring and feathering Joseph Smith

Tarring and feathering Joseph Smith

Illus. in: Harper's Magazine, 1853, vol. 6. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Mormons; Mob violence; Punishment; B.I.

Mormons from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons...

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Theodore Rabuske from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Mountains from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons...

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons...

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons...

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Discovery of the Laminite Skeleton from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Passes from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Theodore Rabuske from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons...

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Hot Springs from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Mormons from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Richardson Cox from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Richardson Cox from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Islands from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Mormons from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Mormons from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Diggers on the Watch from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Temple block, with tabernacle, Salt Lake City

Temple block, with tabernacle, Salt Lake City

Illus. in: Harper's Weekly, 1857 July 11. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

map from "Voyage au pays des Mormons; relation-géographie-histoire naturelle-histoire-théologie-mœurs et coutumes ... Ouvrage orné de 10 gravures sur acier et d'une carte"

map from "Voyage au pays des Mormons; relation-géographie-histoire na...

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map from "A Journey to the Great-Salt-Lake City, by J. Remy and J. Brenchley; with a sketch of the history, religion, and customs of the Mormons, and an introduction, on the religious movement in the United States"

map from "A Journey to the Great-Salt-Lake City, by J. Remy and J. Bre...

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Portrait from "A Journey to the Great-Salt-Lake City, by J. Remy and J. Brenchley; with a sketch of the history, religion, and customs of the Mormons, and an introduction, on the religious movement in the United States"

Portrait from "A Journey to the Great-Salt-Lake City, by J. Remy and J...

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Brigham Young's investment in the 7.30 interest-bearing bonds

Brigham Young's investment in the 7.30 interest-bearing bonds

Caricature of Mormon polygamy showing Young surrounded by 7 adoring wives. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's Budget of Fun. Sept. 1865 p. 4. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tra... more

map from "Across the Continent: a summer's journey to the Rocky Mountains, the Mormons, and the Pacific States, with Speaker Colfax. [With a map.]"

map from "Across the Continent: a summer's journey to the Rocky Mounta...

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Camp of the Mormons at Lake Tahoe

Camp of the Mormons at Lake Tahoe

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 666. LOT subdivision subject: Mormon Emigrants en Route to the Hawaiian Islands. This record conta... more

Scalped on the plains incidents in Mormon history.

Scalped on the plains incidents in Mormon history.

Photograph shows two men, one wearing military uniform and holding reins of horse, kneeling next to a dead man's body. On card: Ralph Morrison, a hunter, photographed within an hour of being killed and scalped ... more

Mormon from "Greater Britain: a record of travel in English-speaking countries during 1866 and 1867 ... With maps and illustrations. [With plates.]"

Mormon from "Greater Britain: a record of travel in English-speaking c...

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Great Mormon Tabernacle - Salt Lake City

Great Mormon Tabernacle - Salt Lake City

Photograph shows bird's-eye view of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.

map from "Our New West. Records of travel between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean ... Including a full description of the Pacific Ocean ... Including a full description of the Pacific Railroad; and of the life of the Mormons, Indians, and Chinese. With map, portraits and twelve ... illustrations"

map from "Our New West. Records of travel between the Mississippi Rive...

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, th...

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map from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

map from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Bei...

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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J. W. Orr from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

J. W. Orr from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonis...

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Lightening from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Lightening from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormoni...

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, th...

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Hot springs from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Hot springs from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormon...

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Humboldt Canyon from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Humboldt Canyon from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mo...

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, th...

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Brigham Young Preaching in the Wilderness from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Brigham Young Preaching in the Wilderness from "Life in Utah; or, the ...

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, th...

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Deseret gold coinage, 1849-1860 - $2 1/2, $5, $10, and $20

Deseret gold coinage, 1849-1860 - $2 1/2, $5, $10, and $20

Obverse and reverse sides of money for the provisional state of Deseret, proposed by the Mormon settlers in Salt Lake City. Engraving by Charles B. Hall, N.Y. This record contains unverified, old data from capt... more

Massacre of the Morrisites from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Massacre of the Morrisites from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and c...

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Massacres from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Massacres from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonis...

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Mormon Camp at Coucil Bluffs, Iowa from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormon Camp at Coucil Bluffs, Iowa from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteri...

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, th...

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Armies from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Armies from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. ...

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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The Mormon problem solved

The Mormon problem solved

Cartoon showing Brigham Young, with large group of wives and children, saying to Ulysses S. Grant, "I must submit to your laws - but what shall I do with all these!" Grant replying, "Do as I do - give them offi... more

How to get a nomination ... take your firends to a primary meeting. You embrace all the "issues", especially Bloomerism and Mormonism

How to get a nomination ... take your firends to a primary meeting. Yo...

Caricature of politician hugging "bloomer girl" and group of Mormon wives. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's Budget of Fun, 1872 Jan., #188, p. 9. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption ca... more

"A Badly Used Bird"

"A Badly Used Bird"

Brother Jonathan looks at U.S. Eagle wounded by "Mormons, Indians, Credit Noblier, and general dishonesty", saying "nothing but your remarkably strong Constitution has saved you". Illus. in: Wild Oats, v. 5, no... more

Birds-eye view of Salt Lake City, Utah 1875.

Birds-eye view of Salt Lake City, Utah 1875.

Perspective map not drawn to scale. Oriented with north toward the lower left. "From the north, looking south-east." LC Panoramic maps (2nd ed.), 929 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a... more

The Elders' happy Home

The Elders' happy Home

Mormon man beside large crib-full of babies.

An unsightly object - who will take the axe and hew it down

An unsightly object - who will take the axe and hew it down

Cartoon supporting Pres. Arthur's stand against Mormon polygamy. Illus. in: Judge, v. 1, (1882 Jan. 28), p. 8 and p. 9. Ref. copy may be in SSF(Gr) - CARTOONS ... 1882. This record contains unverified data from... more

A baptism of North American Indians - Mormons posing as the apostles of Christianity

A baptism of North American Indians - Mormons posing as the apostles o...

A Mormon baptizing an Indian in front of a group of Indians; photographer with camera in right foreground. Illus. from: Graphic, 1882 Sept. 2, p. 221.