Sunday, July 12, 2015

Boggs Wanted Who to Live With Him?


Lilburn W. Boggs
Which Latter-day Saint did Lilburn W. Boggs want to have live with him at his house just after Boggs was elected as Lieutenant Governor?
a.                  Sidney Rigdon
b.                  Peter Whitmer
c.                   Joseph Smith
d.                  Porter Rockwell
Yesterday’s answer:
a.      Brigham Young
The most widely publicized case of a plural wife suing for divorce took place in 1875 when Ann Eliza Webb Young petitioned the court for a divorce from Brigham Young on the grounds of neglect, cruel treatment, and desertion. Justice James B. McKean fined Brigham Young $3,000 in court fees and ordered him to pay Ann Eliza $500 a month maintenance. On the advice of his lawyers, President Young refused to pay the money to Ann Eliza pending appeal. The vindictive judge fined the prophet $25 and sentenced him to a day in prison. The litigation continued for more than two years and was heard by five different judges. During this time Brigham Young’s alimony debt increased to $18,000. Finally, in the spirit of compromise, Judge Michael Schaefer reduced the debt to $3,600. President Young paid the amount, and the case was dismissed in April 1877.

Arnold K. Garr et al., Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2000), 1374.

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