William B. Smith : A Wart on the Ecclesiastical Tree
Launius, Roger D.,Thatcher, Linda
Differing Visions : Dissenters in Mormon History
University of Illinois Press
William Smith, as brother of the deceased Joseph Smith, felt he had authority to govern the Mormon Church (1844). He eventually broke from Mormonism to join the Reorganized Church. William's struggle for authority was much the same as other Mormon dissenters of his time.