110 years ago today - Sep 22, 1909

... Elder Reed Smoot called attention to the fact that B[en]. E. R[ich]. had taken a wife since the Manifesto of 1890 by Pres[ident]. [Wilford] Woodruff and that at the examination before the Senate Committee on Elections of U.S. Pres[ident]. Jos[eph]. F. Smith had testified that if it were known to him that parties had violated that Manifesto he would deal with them for their standing in the church and Elder Smoot had testified that he would not sustain such in office. This is of record and to call one of this class to be one of the General Authorities would place the President in an awkward position perhaps later. Elder J[ohn]. H[enry]. Smith & Reed Smoot were appointed to bring these facts to the attention of the First Presidency. The results were that another name was presented [i.e., Levi Edgar Young] which to me means that no man having taken a wife since Pres[ident]. Woodruff's Manifesto can be sustained as one of the General Authorities.

[George F. Richards, 'Record of Matters of Special Importance,' pp. 31-32, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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