The Making of an Insurgent : Parley P. Christensen and Utah Republicanism, 1900-1912
Utah Historical Quarterly
Parley Christensen, a presidential candidate for the Farmer-Labor party in 1920, was a Salt Lake County attorney. He traces his political career with the Republican Party in Utah, a perennially unsuccessful aspirant for Congress. He briefly mentions his father's excommunication from the Mormon Church and Christensen's resentment of the power of the Church. Unable to advance his ideas for social and political reform in the Republican Party, he became disaffected in 1912 and moved to the political left.