All projects such as this one are completed with the help of many hands. First and foremost, we are grateful for Brent Ashworth’s willingness to share items from his important and significant Mormon Americana collection. Lorenzo Snow’s record book is one of many items he has allowed us to use over the years. His support and interest in preserving the past is very much appreciated. A copy of the record book, “Snow, Lorenzo, 1814–1901. Notebook, 1886–1897,” is found at the Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City.
We appreciate the efforts of Brett G. Scharffs, Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School and associate director of the International Center of Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, in helping us contextualize the legal issues involved in Lorenzo Snow’s judicial odyssey.
Additionally we are grateful to Nathan B. Oman, an assistant professor at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary and visiting professor at Cornell Law School, for his insights and clarification of legal aspects surrounding the Mormons and the antipolygamy crusade.
We acknowledge the help of Thomas G. Alexander, former Lemuel Hardison Redd Jr. Professor of Western American History at Brigham Young University, who read the introduction and provided important insights and suggestions that improved the telling of this important story.
We are also grateful for the assistance of staff members at the Church History Library. Specifically, we appreciate the help of Christy Best, William W. Slaughter, and April Williamson. Larry Draper and Russell C. Taylor of the L. Tom Perry Special Collec- tions, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, in Provo also handled special requests.
We wish to thank the BYU Religious Studies (RSC) staff, R. Devan Jensen, Brent R. Nordgren, and Joany O. Pinegar, for their important contributions to this project. Additionally, we appreciate the help of the student editing and design team at the RSC: Caitlin S.Channer, Jacob F. Frandsen, James D. Jensen, Kate Lindsay, Jonathon R. Owen, Rosalind E. Ricks, and Dayna K. Thomas.
Additionally, we thank Kip Sperry, a colleague from the Department of Church History and Doctrine, for his family his- tory research that helped us understand Lorenzo Snow’s family relationships.
We also appreciate the efforts of our student research assistants, Andrew M. Bateman, Christopher J. Keneipp, Laurie R. Mildenhall, LeAnn Paulsen, and Benjamin H. Tingey. In particular, we would like to thank Kipp Muir, another student research assistant, who took most of the responsibility in helping us get this project com- pleted during the past year.
Finally, we also wish to thank two students, Robert F. Schwartz and Laura Morrison, who began working on this project many years ago. Robert laid an important groundwork for this project, and Laura completed the initial research for the biographical register.