160 years ago today - May 13, 1857

"The murder of Apostle Parley P. Pratt in Arkansas by disgruntled legal husband of his last plural wife. Newspaper accounts of Pratt's murder reach Salt Lake City on 23 June. It should be noted that legal divorces were not as common in this period as they are today. Eleanor McLean had fled from her abusive husband. She fled from San Francisco for Utah considering herself an ""unmarried woman."" Arriving in Utah, she worked in Parley's home as a schoolteacher and became his 12th plural wife. Hector, her estranged husband, pursued Parley and eventually caught up with him in Arkansas where he McLean shot and stabbed Pratt. As Pratt was bleeding to death, a farmer asked what he had done to provoke the attack. Pratt said, ""He accused me of taking his wife and children. I did not do it. They were oppressed, and I did for them what I would do for the oppressed any where."" (Wikipedia entry)//For an interesting interview from decedents of Parley P. Pratt (and also the author of the recent biography, Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism), listen to the following episode of Legacy: http://www.mormonchannel.org/legacy/40"

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

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