175 years ago today - Oct 6, 1847

William Smith organizes a church in Illinois with himself as patriarch and as temporary president "during the minority" of an unnamed son of the martyred prophet. On this same day, in another county of Illinois, Sidney Rigdon's former counselor Samuel James (a member of General's theocratic Council of Fifty) announces that angels have "placed Rigdon's crown upon his head" to lead the Latter Day Saints.

[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, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

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