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December 14, 2018

Episode 133 – Bennett Meltdown Part 9: Moral or Physical Force

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On this episode, we get into politics of Illinois in 1842. This year was a contentious race with the Mormons wielding so much power through their friends in high places. Rigdon runs for Illinois State Congress but loses. The Mormons promise their vote for the Democrat to replace Governor Carlin and Thomas Ford takes his seat as the new Governor of Illinois. What begins with letter exchanges and vicious accusation revealing conflict between Jo and Hingepin Sidney Rigdon ends in bygones being bygones and tests of loyalty. Politics will continue to play an increasing role in our historical analysis moving forward.

JS Journal 1841-42
https://josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-december-1841-december-1842/1#full-transcript

Biography of Lorenzo Snow by Eliza R. Snow
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Biography_and_family_record_of_Lorenzo_Snow

1842 gubernatorial election
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1842_Illinois_gubernatorial_election

Illinois State Senators
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Senators_from_Illinois

History of Illinois by Thomas Ford
https://archive.org/details/ahistoryillinoi00shiegoog/page/n274

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