Edmunds-Tucker Act
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Time Period
1887
Description
In a persistent effort to thwart the practice of plural marriages among Mormons, the United States government passed the Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887. While the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act of 1882 revoked the civil rights of those engaging in bigamous cohabitation, the Edmunds-Tucker Act affected the Church’s property rights. The Church of Latter-day Saints was accused of promoting polygamy, and the punishment now was seizure of Church property not used for religious purposes and as well as confiscation of church property that exceeded $50,000. Although the act was challenged and taken to the Supreme Court in 1890 (The Late Corporation of the Mormon Church V. United States), the act was upheld.
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Edmunds-Tucker Act, first page- Hathi Trust

John R Tucker, congressional sponsor of the Edmunds-Tucker Act- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-cwpbh-03932

George F Edmunds, author of the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ggbain-06100
Book/Journal Source(s)
Ludlow, Daniel, 1992. Encyclopedia of Mormonism. New York: Macmillan.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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