QUESTION #3 -- EARLY MORMON HISTORY QUIZCongratulations, many people don't know this.
An anti-polygamy law was passed in Illinois on February 12, 1833. The law read, "Bigamy consists in the having of two wives or two husbands at one and the same time, knowing that the former husband or wife is still alive. If any person or persons within this State, being married, or who shall hereafter marry, do at any time marry any person or persons, the former husband or wife being alive, the person so offending shall, on conviction therof, be punished by a fine, not exceeding one thousand dollars, and imprisoned in the penitentieary, not exceeding two years" (Revised Laws of Illinois, Vandalia,:Greiner & Sherman, 1833)
Joseph Smith was also charged with the crime of polygamy on May 25, 1844. (History of the Church, vol. 6, pg. 405.)
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