Mormon studies, Joseph Smith, presidential campaign
In 1844, Joseph Smith, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ran for president of the United States. At the April 1844 LDS general conference, a call was made for volunteers to "electioneer for Joseph to be the next President," as Heber C. Kimball put it. Immediately, 244 elders volunteered. By the time the list of names was recorded in the records of the Church a week later, the number approached 340. Even more elders eventually volunteered or were called to take up the cause. As part of the campaign, the Quorum of the Twelve scheduled public political conferences in each state. These conferences were to be attended by members of the Twelve and the electioneers during the campaign.
Robertson, Margaret C.
"The Campaign and the Kingdom: The Activities of the Electioneers in Joseph Smith's Presidential Campaign,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 39:
3, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol39/iss3/8