Year of Polygamy: Fanny Alger, Episode 01


Join Lindsay for the primer series on Mormon Polygamy that will begin with the wives of Joseph Smith and eventually broaden to contemporary strains of the practice today. This episode deals with Joseph’s first plural wife, Fanny Alger.

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  1. I love this series. I once had a Young Men’s leader mention that there were accusations that Joseph practiced polygamy but as I recall he kind of blew them off. I never really learned about these marriages until well into my adulthood. Thank you for getting the information out there for our knowledge and betterment.

  2. Good work, thank you. I only have one small clarification that is sometimes forgotten (not made clear in ISL). Fanny was taken in by Chauncey & Eliza Webb after leaving the Smith home, that is not contested as far as I know. The account of their daughter Ann Eliza is obviously 2nd hand, because Ann was born in September 1844 after Joseph was killed. I don’t think that discredits the account, her family was close to the situation, but I think knowing the context of the voice is important.

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