Theodore Roosevelt’s Defense of the Saints
In 1903, Latter-day Saint Apostle Reed Smoot was elected by Utah to become a United States senator. However, many in the country and Senate did not want to seat Elder Smoot due to his leadership position in the Church and because of the Church’s practice of polygamy. In this episode, Dr. Carter Charles recounts this history and President Theodore Roosevelt’s defense of Reed Smoot and the Latter-day Saints.
“Theodore Roosevelt’s Defense of the Latter-day Saints” in Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC: History, People, and Places (RSC/Deseret Book, 2021)
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