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Joseph Smith: Timeline

Missouri's Extermination Order

The Latter-day Saints found their safe haven in Missouri short-lived.

October 27, 1838

Governor Lilburn W. Boggs's exterminating order is issued. Hearing the many rumors of the destruction and insurrection of the Saints, Boggs orders that "the Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated or driven from the state, if necessary for the public good. Their outrages are beyond all description."

Source: J. Christopher Conkling, A Joseph Smith Chronology, Deseret Book Company, 1979.

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