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Prisoner for Polygamy: The Memoirs and Letters of Rudger Clawson at the Utah Territorial Penitentiary, 1884-87
by Rudger Clawson
edited by Stan Larson
University of Illinois Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-252-01861-9 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09327-2
Library of Congress Classification BX8695.C32A4 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 289.3092

This collection of the prison memoirs and letters of the first Mormon
        convicted of violating the Edmunds Law, which prohibited polygamy, provides
        a unique perspective on this period of Utah history. Rudger Clawson (1857-1943)
        was a prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
        serving as missionary, stake president, apostle, president of the Quorum
        of the Twelve Apostles, and counselor in the First Presidency.
      His memoirs of three years as a "cohab" in the Utah Territorial
        Penitentiary are published here for the first time. They reflect the pride
        Mormon polygamists felt at being "prisoners for conscience sake,"
        and they include discussions of Mormon doctrines, accounts of daring prison
        escapes, details of prison life, and the sense of a husband's frustration
        at being separated from his plural wife.
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