The Prophet and the Presidency : Mormonism and Politics in Joseph Smith's 1844 Presidential Campaign
Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society
University of Illinois Press; Illinois State Historical Society
Joseph Smith framed a religion which differed markedly from other Christian religions. The author describes some of the Church's unique doctrinal teachings. The Prophet also publicized his social and political views during his 1844 presidential campaign. The author examines the various elements of his platform. He notes that the Mormon view of how the Church should be governed differed from the way they viewed the nation should be governed. The introduction of plural marriage precipitated a series of crises that resulted in the Prophet's death, but the new social order he devised 'took root in Salt Lake City.'