170 years ago today - Jul 19, 1843

The Nauvoo Neighbor publishes a recent article from the Illinois State Register titled "Was the Arrest of the Prophet a Political Trick?" This article claims that Joseph's arrest may have been a Whig conspiracy to make the Democratic Governor Ford look bad by having to extradite Joseph Smith at election time. This would hopefully cause the massive Mormon vote to go for the Whigs. The Saints apparently give some credence to this accusation against the Whigs, because in the election they vote Democratic in spite of Joseph's promise to give his vote to the Whig candidate, Cyrus Walker.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

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