Title

Thomas Ford and Joseph Smith

Keywords

church history, Joseph Smith, Thomas Ford, governors

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016-10

Publisher

Journal of Mormon History

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Church History and Doctrine

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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