180 years ago today - Feb 4, 1841

The Nauvoo Legion is organized by authorization of the city charter and city council ordinance of 3 Feb. The governor appoints Joseph Smith lieutenant-general of the Legion on 5 Feb. Under Smith's leadership, the Nauvoo Legion becomes the largest militia in the U.S.

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

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