180 years ago today - Feb 17, 1842

Nauvoo city council sets legal age of marriage to 14 for women

"All male persons over the age of seventeen years, and females over the age of fourteen years, may contract and be joined in marriage, provided, in all cases where either party is a minor, the consent of parents or guardians be first had."

["Nauvoo Records," "An Ordinance Concerning Marriages passed February 17, 1842," MS 16800, CHL, in Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

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