130 years ago today - Mar 25, 1892


We emphatically deny that we, or either of us, authorized Mr. George F. Gibbs or any other person or persons to use our names so as to influence citizens to vote the Republican ticket, at Logan or elsewhere. If our names have been used in any such way, it has been entirely without permission from us, and we hereby condemn it as wrong and reprehensive. ... If any man claims that it is the wish of the First Presidency that a Democrat shall vote the Republican ticket, or a Republican the Democratic ticket, let all people know that he is endeavoring to deceive the public and has no authority of that kind from us. We have no disposition to direct in these matters... WILFORD WOODRUFF, JOSEPH F. SMITH, Of the Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

[1892-March 25-Deseret News Weekly, March 25, 1892, p. 440, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

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