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James Jesse Strang: 181356, American Mormon leader, b. Cayuga co., N.Y. A lawye
r and teacher, he migrated in 1843 to Wisconsin, was converted to Mormonism, and
at the death of Joseph Smith (1844) claimed the succession, saying that he had
had a vision in which God had proclaimed him prophet. Excommunicated, Strang org
anized a colony in Walworth co., Wis., calling it Voree. Many Mormons unwilling
to accept the leadership of Brigham Young were attracted to Strangs colony. Awa
re of the difficulty of founding his ideal community in a Gentile neighborhood,
he sought a more suitable site. In 1847 he selected Beaver Island in Lake Michig
an, then sparsely peopled by trappers and fishermen. There he established a colo
ny, driving out other settlers and setting up a despotic rule. The inhabitants o
f the mainland were violently opposed to the Strangite colony, and public opinio
n finally forced the federal government to bring numerous charges against Strang
, but he successfully defended himself. His power increased; in 1850 he was crow
ned King James, and he was later elected to the Michigan house of representative
s. His harsh rule had made him bitter enemies, however, and in 1856 he was assas
sinated. The colony was soon dispersed and the land and property seized by inhab
itants of the mainland. The Strange Life of James Jesse Strang I prophesy in the
name of the Lord God of Israel, unless the United States redress the wrongs com
mitted upon the Saints in the state of Missouri and punish the crimes committed
by her officers that in a few years the government will be utterly overthrown an
d wasted, and there will not be so much as a potsherd left.So it was that Joseph
Smith, prophet of God and founder of the Mormon Church (now the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints) rather mistakenly announced the demise of these Un
ited States on this day in 1843. So what do Joseph Smith and the Mormon Church h
ave to do with the Adirondack region? A man named James Jesse Strang - his paren
ts were born in Saratoga and Washington counties at the end of the 18th century.
He was born in 1811 and later moved with his wife to Chautauqua County. He late
r moved to Nauvoo, Illinois where he met Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Mormon
Church. Long story short, Strang converted to Mormonism, was elected to the Sta
te Legislature, claimed to have had heavenly visions, and that an angel appeared
before him to tell him the secret location of - you guessed it - another buried
account of ancient people, this time etched into brass plates. After Joseph Smi
th was killed by a mob in Illinois in 1844 a feud erupted between Strang and Bri
gham Young over who was his rightful heir. Smith's followers divided between "Br
ighamites" and "Strangites." Although Strang produced a letter from Smith appoin
ting him the new Prophet (still in the Yale University Library), and 12,000 beli
evers allegedly joined him, the winner was Brigham Young who excommunicated Stra
ng and took his followers to Utah - home of the Big Love! Strang moved with abou
t 125 followers to Beaver Island, Michigan where he proclaimed himself "King of
the Kingdom of God on Earth" and well, generally pissed off the local Irish fish
ermen and farmers by extracting tithes from them. That didn't last long and Jame
s Jesse Strang was shot 150 years ago this June and died a short time later. His
spiritual descendents are still spread around the Midwest, Canada, and even Mex
ico although a mob burned the Beaver Island temple around the time of Strang's d
eath. There are no temples for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (
known as the True Faith - not to be confused with the Utah folks who use Latter-
Day, rather than Latter Day).James Jesse Strang: 181356, American Mormon leader
, b. Cayuga co., N.Y. A lawyer and teacher, he migrated in 1843 to Wisconsin, wa
s converted to Mormonism, and at the death of Joseph Smith (1844) claimed the su
ccession, saying that he had had a vision in which God had proclaimed him prophe
t. Excommunicated, Strang organized a colony in Walworth co., Wis., calling it V
oree. Many Mormons unwilling to accept the leadership of Brigham Young were attr
acted to Strangs colony. Aware of the difficulty of founding his ideal communit
y in a Gentile neighborhood, he sought a more suitable site. In 1847 he selected
Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, then sparsely peopled by trappers and fishermen
. There he established a colony, driving out other settlers and setting up a des
potic rule. The inhabitants of the mainland were violently opposed to the Strang
ite colony, and public opinion finally forced the federal government to bring nu
merous charges against Strang, but he successfully defended himself. His power i
ncreased; in 1850 he was crowned King James, and he was later elected to the Mic
higan house of representatives. His harsh rule had made him bitter enemies, howe
ver, and in 1856 he was assassinated. The colony was soon dispersed and the land
and property seized by inhabitants of the mainland. The Strange Life of James J
esse Strang I prophesy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, unless the United
States redress the wrongs committed upon the Saints in the state of Missouri and
punish the crimes committed by her officers that in a few years the government
will be utterly overthrown and wasted, and there will not be so much as a potshe
rd left.So it was that Joseph Smith, prophet of God and founder of the Mormon Ch
urch (now the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) rather mistakenly ann
ounced the demise of these United States on this day in 1843. So what do Joseph
Smith and the Mormon Church have to do with the Adirondack region? A man named J
ames Jesse Strang - his parents were born in Saratoga and Washington counties at
the end of the 18th century. He was born in 1811 and later moved with his wife
to Chautauqua County. He later moved to Nauvoo, Illinois where he met Joseph Smi
th, the Prophet of the Mormon Church. Long story short, Strang converted to Morm
onism, was elected to the State Legislature, claimed to have had heavenly vision
s, and that an angel appeared before him to tell him the secret location.
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