James Jesse Strang: The Rise and Fall of Michigan's Mormon King

James Jesse Strang The Rise and Fall of Michigan s Mormon King Few lives experience a meteoric rise and fall like that of James Jesse Strang s An unsuccessful lawyer from upstate New York he converted to Mormonism in and quickly entered the inner circle of

  • Title: James Jesse Strang: The Rise and Fall of Michigan's Mormon King
  • Author: Don Faber
  • ISBN: 9780472052899
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • Few lives experience a meteoric rise and fall like that of James Jesse Strang s An unsuccessful lawyer from upstate New York, he converted to Mormonism in 1844 and quickly entered the inner circle of the controversial new faith s founder, Joseph Smith Jr Upon Smith s assassination, Strang sought to be named his successor as leader of the Mormons Instead, Strang was excoFew lives experience a meteoric rise and fall like that of James Jesse Strang s An unsuccessful lawyer from upstate New York, he converted to Mormonism in 1844 and quickly entered the inner circle of the controversial new faith s founder, Joseph Smith Jr Upon Smith s assassination, Strang sought to be named his successor as leader of the Mormons Instead, Strang was excommunicated in 1850, though not before gathering a group of followers, who settled with him on remote Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan and ordained Strang king of the small enclave King Strang elicited both ire and stubborn admiration from an ever growing list of opponents, his actions closely monitored by President Millard Fill himself In 1866, Strang was assassinated, seemingly with the assistance of federal authorities.This captivating new biography by Don Faber recounts the fascinating story of Strang s path from impoverished New York farm boy to one of the most colorful and contentious personalities in Michigan history Avoiding the nonsense, misinformation, and twisted facts so prevalent about the man, readers meet the historical Strang stripped of myth, demonization, and popular fancy a true celebrity of the mid nineteenth century who both shaped and was shaped by the colorful times in which he lived This book will appeal to readers interested in the history of Michigan, the nineteenth century, and the Second Great Awakening.

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    1. If you were to ask the average member of the LDS faith what he/she thought of the man who saw a vision, received gold plates, translated a new record of a people who believed in Christ, had three witnesses to his record and was killed for his cause, chances are he/she would say, "I just love studying the history of Joseph Smith." And though the summary mentioned above would certainly apply to Mormonism's founder, many LDS would probably be surprised to discover that it also fits with another Mor [...]

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