LDS political newspaper, the Salt Lake Herald's article, "FAILED MARRIAGES," regarding "the report of Labor Commissioner Wright, presented last week, on the statistics of marriage and divorce in the United States from 1867 to 1886 inclusive," with the following: In 1870 Utah had the second highest rate of divorce out of all states and territories. In 1870 Utah's rate was one divorce per 185 marriages. The national average was 1:664. States with the lowest divorce rates are South Carolina at 1:133,359, Delaware at 1:23,672, New Mexico at 1:16,077, North Carolina at 1:4,938, and Louisiana at 1:4,579. In 1880 Utah had the tenth highest rate of divorce out of all states and territories. In 1880 Utah's rate was one divorce per 219 marriages, which was more than twice the national average of 1:479. In the twentieth century, the divorce rate for LDS temple marriages starts out three times higher than this "divorce mill" rate for early Utah civil marriages.
[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]