170 years ago today - Oct 19, 1845

William Smith: Publicly excommunicated 19 Oct. 1845, offered reinstatement in Quorum 28 Oct. by Orson Hyde , declined offer 12 Nov. and called Brigham Young despot

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

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