140 years ago today - Apr 10, 1882

5th bid for statehood

Just 19 days after the Edmunds Act was approved, the Utah Territorial Legislature called for the 5th bid for statehood. It also failed, due in part to a new political party in Utah called the Liberal Party. This predominantly non-Mormon party opposed statehood, as they felt that the shackles of the local theocracy had not yet been removed from all the people of Utah. (Ivins, p. 98 ).

[Tungate, Mel, Mormon Polygamy, http://www.tungate.com/polygamy.htm]

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