Secretary to the Senator : Carl A. Badger and the Smoot Hearings
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunstone Education Foundation
This article examines the experience of Carl A. Badger, who was the secretary to Senator Reed Smoot between 1903 and 1907--the difficult period of the Smoot hearings. It is the author's view that Badger suffered a very real, personal agony because of the discrepancy between the professed behavior of the Church leaders towards polygamy and the realities that emerged as a result of the hearings. An opponent of polygamy, Badger repeatedly urged that the Church formally renounce those who continued the practice, in order to save the reputation (such as it was) of the Church.