The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: Signature Books
Date Published: 2014
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 41664
424 pp. [23 cm]; blue paper covered boards, gold stamping to spine. Illustrated dust jacket.
The original duties of the Council of Fifty were to help elect Mormon founder Joseph Smith to the presidency of the United States, to scout locations for colonies in Texas and Oregon, and to form the political kingdom of God on earth. After Smith's death, the council oversaw the exodus west and served as the initial governing body for the settlements until Utah became a territory. The council met off and on for another forty years and left behind a corpus of letters, minutes, diaries, and reminiscences on the topic. These documents are assembled together for the first time."A new high standard for a documents collection."óGene A. Sessions, Professor of History, Weber State University