Thomas Ford and Joseph Smith
church history, Joseph Smith, Thomas Ford, governors
Prior to Joseph Smith’s death in June 1844, the Mormons had lived under the administration of two governors in Illinois: Thomas Carlin, who served from 1838 to 1842, and Carlin’s successor Thomas Ford, who served from 1842 to 1846. While both played important roles in Smith’s life, Ford is perhaps the best known to students of Mormon history, as it was Ford who had promised, and failed, to protect Smith from harm if he surrendered himself to authorities in Carthage.
Original Publication Citation
Andrew H. Hedges, “Thomas Ford and Joseph Smith,” Journal of Mormon History 42/4 (October 2016): 97-124.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hedges, Andrew H., "Thomas Ford and Joseph Smith" (2016). Faculty Publications. 3754.
Journal of Mormon History
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