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 (New York: Oxford, 1999), 20:230-33.