150 years ago today - Jul 28, 1873

Ann Eliza Webb, plural wife of Brigham Young, sues for divorce, claiming neglect, cruel treatment, and desertion. Young pointed out in his defense, the inconsistency of granting a divorce and alimony for a marriage that was not legally recognized. Since he had married Mary Ann Angell at Kirtland, Ohio, in 1834 and was still lawfully married to her, he argued that the court should not grant the divorce and award alimony unless it was willing to recognize the validity of "plural or celestial marriages." After two trials court found in Brigham's favor.

[On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

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