135 years ago today - Jul 4, 1888

First joint celebration of Independence Day by prominent Mormons and anti-Mormons. Presided over by non-LDS governor Caleb W. West, the ceremonies have LDS participation by Arthur Stayner, Orson F. Whitney, and James E. Talmage, with anti-polygamy leaders: Judge Charles S. Zane, Judge Goodwin, and Commissioner Norrell.

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

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