Charles A. Foster (Latter Day Saints)

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Charles A. Foster was an early member of the Latter Day Saint movement. He was the brother of Robert D. Foster.[1]

Foster-Higbee embroilment[edit]

The History of the Church records Foster's arrest in Nauvoo, Illinois.[2]

The May 1, 1844, edition of the Nauvoo Neighbor contained a statement from Marshal Greene alleging that Foster "drew a double-barrel pistol on Mr. [Joseph] Smith".[3]

The Mayor [Smith] ordered me to arrest these three men for refusing to assist me in the discharge of my duty; and when attempting to arrest them, they all resisted, and with horrid imprecations threatened to shoot.

I called for help, and there not being sufficient, the Mayor laid hold on the two Fosters at the same time. At that instant Charles A. Foster drew a double-barrel pistol on Mr. Smith, but it was instantly wrenched from his hand; and afterwards he declared he would have shot the Mayor, if we had let his pistol alone, and also he would thank God for the privilege of ridding the world of a tyrant! [...] However, the three were arrested and brought before the Mayor [...] upon which evidence the court assessed a fine of one hundred dollars to each of the above-named aggressors.

According to History of the Church, Smith said that "about May 27", Foster had informed Smith of a conspiracy against his life.[4]

Nauvoo Expositor and the death of Joseph Smith[edit]

In 1844, Foster became a publisher of the Nauvoo Expositor.[5]

In a letter to the Warsaw Signal published June 11, 1844, Foster wrote of the destruction of the press.[6][7]

Smith's order to the destroy the newspaper's press ultimately led to Smith's arrest and death while awaiting trial.


  1. ^ "The Sangamo Journal 1844 Articles". Uncle Dales's Readings in Early Mormon History. 1844. Retrieved 12 October 2013. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Difficulties with the Higbees and Fosters—Conferences Appointed by the Twelve throughout the United States—Instructions to Reuben Hedlock, President of the British Mission—Preparations for Enlargement of the Work—Francis M. Higbee's Suit against President Smith—The Prophet Released". Book of the Abraham Project. 6. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gen. Joseph A. Smith" (PDF). Nauvoo Neighbor. Book of Abraham Project. 1 May 1844. p. 2. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Twelve Called from Eastern Mission—Governor Ford at Carthage—Nauvoo Delegation to Governor—Threats and Conspiracy against the Prophet's Life—Governor Ford Invited to Nauvoo to Investigate Conditions". Book of the Abraham Project. 6. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Institute of Religion (2003). "The Martyrdom". Church History In The Fulness Of Times Student Manual. Church Educational System, LDS Church. 
  6. ^ "Warsaw Signal". Uncle Dale's Readings in Early Mormon History. 11 June 1844. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Hampshire, Annette P. "Thomas Sharp and Anti-Mormon Sentiment in Illinois 1842-1845" (PDF). Northern Illinois University Libraries. Retrieved 3 August 2014.