Tag Archives: Utah territory

Lincoln used skilled diplomacy to charm the once-hostile Mormons

The crude, casual racism of a long-ago era is striking in this Nov. 28, 1860 Deseret News advertisement from merchant George Goddard. It reads, “Abe Lincoln, Republican, elected by a large majority!!!, immense excitement!, Democrats all but crazy!!!, Niggers rejoicing … Read More

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Martin Harris: The Chief Wiggum of Mormon history

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Martin Harris, one of two of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon to die a member … Read More

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Apostle of the New Era was a judge Mormons loved to hate

Ever heard of Utah territorial Chief Justice Charles Shuster Zane? He’s one of those fascinating footnotes in history. Appointed in 1884 to administer justice in Utah, the New Jersey Quaker was a respected Illinois lawyer who rubbed shoulders in the … Continue reading

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