110 years ago today - May 9, 1913

The First Presidency learns that James Dwyer, co-founder of Salt Lake City's LDS Univeristy (now the LDS Business College), has been "teaching young men that sodomy and kindred vices are not sins..." Dwyer's daughter, actress Ada Dwyer Russell, is already in a long-term relationship with the lesbian poet Amy Lowell. Dwyer's bishop and stake president want to excommunicate him, but the First Presidency allows Dwyer, now in his eighties, to voluntarily "withdraw his name" from LDS church membership.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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