Joseph Smith Ranks as Most Significant American Religious Leader (Smithsonian)

Joseph Smith Ranks as Most Significant American Religious Leader (Smithsonian)

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Visiting young Joseph Smith on Sept. 1, 1823, the angel Moroni told him God had a work for him to do and prophesied that his name would be “both good and evil spoken of among all people,” an indication of the widespread and lasting historical influence he would have.

Now, the Prophet Joseph Smith and his successor as Church president, Brigham Young, have been included in a collector’s edition of Smithsonian magazine highlighting “the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.”

Joseph Smith number one religious leader of America Smithsonian
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Read the whole story at

Or go to the original Smithsonian issue to get your own hard copy.

And for a fascinating take on the most influential people in history (Jesus is number 1 on this list) and Joseph Smith is #55, check out the book Who’s Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank.

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  1. The article indicated that Joseph Smith was lynced when in fact he was shot and murdered for a crime he did not commit. He was falsely accused.

  2. I thought over all the article had merit and was pleased at Joseph Smith’s ranking, but obviously some one somewhere did not have their facts straight concerning Joseph Smiths demise. Noted the term lynching twice when it should read shot and killed by “The Locals”. I have read some of the local militia, the Carthage Gray’s, assigned to protect Smith were part of the “mob” who killed him.

  3. John & Charles, The word Lynced is correct. It means to punish (a person) without legal process or authority, especially by hanging, for a perceived offense or as an act of bigotry. Most people think it means just by hanging, but it does not.

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