Today in Mormon History - Dec 16

Today in Mormon History ...

The governor of Illinois signs the Nauvoo charter which Joseph Smith uses to make the Mormon capital an independent theocracy. Abraham Lincoln votes for the charter, even though Nauvoo's Mormons had voted as a bloc against him in the previous election. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Dec 16, 1840

A franchise was granted to the Salt Lake and Hot Springs Ry. Company. (2)
-- 120 years ago - Dec 16, 1890 (Tuesday)

The Church News becomes available on the Internet. (3)
-- 15 years ago - Dec 16, 1995

1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
2 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
3 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,'

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