Smith, Joseph (LDS Founder)
Born: 1805-12-23 Sharon, Vermont
Died: 1844-06-27 Carthage, Illinois
Flourished: 1839-1844 Nauvoo, Illinois
Joseph Smith was the prophet and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. In 1820, while living in the burned-over district of New York, Smith received visions and revelations that led to his publication of
Richard L. Bushman, "Smith, Joseph," American National Biography, ed. by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes (New York: Oxford, 1999), 20:230-33.