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The historic Clawson polygamy case...

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October 16, 1884


* Rudger Clawson polygamy trial
* Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
* Mormons - Mormonism

Page 2 has: "A Polygamist on Trial" being a report from Salt Lake, Utah Territory,  on the rather famous case of Rudger Clawson.
Clawson was the first practicing polygamist to be convicted and serve a sentence after the passage of the Edmunds Act, a federal statute signed into law in 1882 declaring polygamy a felony in federal territories.
Clawson was sentenced to the maximum possible penalty—31⁄2 years in prison and a $1,500 fine. For his final words before being sent to prison, Clawson defended his right to practice his religion and challenged the court's ability to enforce a law aimed at destroying a particular establishment of religion in violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. 
Twelve pages, very nice condition.

Category: Post-Civil War