Tag Archives: Sen. Reed Smoot

Diaries of the ‘cowboy apostle’ Ivins include secret Mormon plural marriages, political intrigue

On Sept. 12, 1932, Mormon apostle Anthony W. Ivins, first counselor to LDS President Heber J. Grant, made this diary entry. “On this date Prest. [Heber J.] Grant, who has been unwell for some time with prostrate gland trouble went … Read More

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After First Manifesto, LDS internal debate over polygamy raged for a generation

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post click here.) In Official Declaration No. 1, found in the LDS scripture “Doctrine and Covenants,” then-Prophet Wilford W. Woodruff says, “…  I now publicly declare that my advice to the Latter-day … Read More

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Smoot smites smut was LDS senator’s mantra in 1930 crusade against ‘Lady Chatterley,” and more

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.)One of the interesting footnotes to the long career of Sen. Reed Smoot, the LDS apostle who served in the U.S. Senate from 1903 to 1933, was his successful … Read More

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Isaac Russell, New York Times journalist, PR specialist for the Mormon Church

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) At this year’s Mormon History Association conference in Calgary, two contributors, Michael Harold Paulos and Kenneth L. Cannon II, continued an annual practice of producing a keepsake booklet … Read More

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Frank J. Cannon was a thorn in the Mormon Church 100 years ago

Editor’s note: There have been small edits as suggested; also, to see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here: Frank J. Cannon, son of the LDS leader, George Q. Cannon, was Mormonism’s most famous apostate, led the … Read More

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More than 100 years ago, Mormons, Smoot Senate hearings titillated the public

To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here Utah Sen. Reed Smoot, R-Utah, was an apostle and U.S. senator. Too bad that too few of us recall the fierce, almost-four year U.S. Senate battle that resulted … Read More

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