The colorful history of Mormon polygamy has many interesting stories to tell, and one of the most interesting is that of Rev. Dr. J. P. Newman's debate with the Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt on "Does the Bible Sanction Polygamy?" This debate was held at the New Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 12, 13, and 14, 1870. Newman was the Chaplain of the United States Senate and one of the foremost preachers of Washington, D.C. His appearance in Salt Lake City to debate the question of polygamy was a national topic. Probably never before, nor since, has so much been said in such a short time by non-Mormon presses on a question respecting Mormonism. And never before, as far as the author has been able to discover, has a chaplain of the Senate engaged in a public debate of such wide-spread interest.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hatch, Robert Duane, "The Pratt-Newman Debate" (1960). All Theses and Dissertations. 4776.
Orson Pratt, 1811-1881, John P. Newman, John Philip, 1826-1899, Mormons, Polygamy