The First Mormon Candidate
by Thomas B. Allen
Includes the full text of Joseph Smith's 1844 Campaign Platform
Mitt Romney is not the first Mormon to run for President. That distinction belongs to Joseph Smith, who was in fact the first Mormon. Smith, who founded what became the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, announced his candidacy in January 1844 as a Mormon on a platform based on tenets of the Mormon religion. His announcement was a fateful decision for him and the future of his religion, and a fascinating moment of forgotten American history.
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About the Author
Thomas B. Allen’s works include articles for National Geographic Magazine and books on a variety of subjects, ranging from military history to natural history. His most recent book is Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War. Other books include Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War, written with his son, Roger MacBride Allen; The Bonus Army with Paul Dickson; and George Washington, Spymaster. Visit his website at www.tballen.com.