120 years ago today - 1901. November 8

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve considered Republican Smoot's desire to run for the U.S. Senate. According to Anthon H. Lund, "Bro [Lorenzo] Snow said he hoped to live to see us send an apostle there." But advised by President McKinley, Mark Hannah, and Archbishop Ireland that "it would not be wise to let a Mormon go to the senate this year," the Twelve and First Presidency decided to postpone Smoot's bid.

[Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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