Death of Mormon Founder, Joseph Smith, National Intelligencer Front Page Report, July 1844
National Intelligencer, Washington, July 9, 1844. 4pp, 18.25 x 23 in. Featuring a detailed report of the death of the founder of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith. A portion of the article reads, it is unnecessary to say that this bloodthirsty attempt on the part of the Mormons was the signal for certain and sure vengeance. The lives of Joe Smith and his brother Hiram, and Richards, Joe Smith's secretary, were quickly taken, and we believe no others...Here our intelligence ends. What took place after that, God only knows....
Smith's legacy greatly varies on perspective, to Mormons he was the leader of their faith, to many others he was a dangerous religious fanatic. He and his community were forced to move to a variety of different towns and cities, and their last settlement was in Nauvoo, IL where Smith became mayor. As mayor, Smith instituted martial law and appropriated the Nauvoo Expositor because it published negative articles about his character. Enraged locals formed an angry mob against him for destroying the press. In response, Smith formed his own militia. The governor intervened and demanded that Smith stand down and relinquish the state's arms. Smith surrendered and was willfully imprisoned in Carthage, IL. Smith did not make it to trial. He was murdered by another angry mob around his prison cell.
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