1890 Manifesto

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  • The 1890 Manifesto was a press release issued by Wilford Woodruff, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, or LDS), which stated that church leaders were performing “no new marriages contrary to the laws of the land.” The federal government accepted this statement as indication that the Mormon Church no longer practiced plural marriage, which helped lead to Utah's admission as a state to the Union.

    It did not take long after LDS leader Orson Pratt announced in 1852 that the church practiced polygamy, the marriage of a man to more than one wife, for Americans to react. The Republican Party declared it was one of the twin relics of barbarism in 1864. In 1862 after the Southern states had ...

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