Most Mormons know that Joseph Smith ran for the presidency of the United States. Was it a serious run? Did Joseph really think he was going to win? Dr. Derek Sainsbury will answer those questions, and we’ll talk about Joseph Smith’s Presidential platform. I was surprised to learn that General Joseph Smith was pushing his military expertise!
Derek: On January 29, 1844, they nominate him. And he immediately starts writing a political pamphlet called “The Views of General Joseph Smith,” on the powers and policy of the United States government. And it’s mailed to all the leaders of government in the United States, and to all the major newspapers.
GT: General Joseph Smith! He is emphasizing his military background.
Derek: Right, because obviously he can’t win our election or even affect an election as Prophet Joseph Smith. Right? Because it’s got to appeal to a wider group and he is a general in the Navajo Legion by state commission. In fact, he’s a Lieutenant General. He’s the only Lieutenant General between George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant in the history of the United States.
GT: So who mentioned Lieutenant General?
Derek: Governor Carlin.
GT: Oh really?
Derek: Yeah, not necessarily because he thinks he deserves it, but that’s the commission when they do the Nauvoo Legion. That’s the commission that Joseph Smith requests. Both parties when in those early days, are [courting the Mormon vote.] It’s so evenly split [between] Democrat and Whig in Illinois. They’re stumbling over each other.
Now for those of you on YouTube, you’ll notice a 3-D reproduction of Joseph Smith in his military dress uniform. It was done by a fantastic artist named Adam Worthington. He has kindly allowed me to use it in this video, and if you would like a copy of it yourself, please go to Adam’s website, knowbrotherjoseph.com and you can not only see this amazing reproduction, but other 3-D renderings of Joseph Smith and Emma. These are available for purchase, so please support Adam’s amazing artwork!