History of the Church Series

Mormon Political Involvement in Ohio

This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Max H. Parkin. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to Utah in the 20th century. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

The Mormons in Kirtland, Ohio, like the saints in other Mormon centers during the formative years, were involved in politics. The Latter-day Saints in Ohio were neither reduses waiting for the millennium nor passivists ignoring political and social problems. Active Mormon political participation commenced in Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, as early as 1834. There the saints, who had strong political beliefs, enthusiastically expressed their views to the public and actively supported candidates of their choice. Some of these activities added to their trouble.