60 years ago today - Dec 14, 1961

B]ishops and other local LDS officers who were members of the Birch Society ... circulated petitions in LDS meeting houses in support of the Birch Society's proposal to impeach Chief Justice Earl Warren and remove him from the U.S. Supreme Court. Immediately after press reports of Ezra Taft Benson's [December 1961] talk, Hugh B. Brown asked the editor of the Deseret News to write him a detailed briefing on the John Birch Society.

[O. Preston Robinson, editor and general manager of the Deseret News, to Hugh B. Brown, 14 Dec. 1961, "as per your request," in "Hugh B. Brown's File on the John Birch; "The Movement to Impeach Earl Warren," The John Birch Society Bulletin (Aug. 1961): 5; George T. Boyd (associate director of the LDS Institute of Religion in Los Angeles) to the First Presidency (with copy to Benson), 14 Dec. 1961, regarding '"Hang Earl Warren' Then—an Apology," Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Dec. 1961, A-4. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

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