Milton V. Backman

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Milton Vaughn Backman, Jr. (June 11, 1927 – February 6, 2016) was a historian of American religions with particular emphasis on the early history of the Latter Day Saint movement.


Backman was a professor of Church History at Brigham Young University.

Backman was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various positions in the church, often related to teaching and welfare. He served as a member of a bishopric and on a stake high council. As a young man, Backman served as a Mormon missionary in South Africa. Backman died on February 6, 2016 at the age of 88.[1]


  • The Heavens Resound: A History of the Latter-day Saints in Ohio, 1830-1838
  • American Religions and the Rise of Mormonism
  • Joseph Smith's First Vision: The First Vision in its Historical Context
  • Christian Churches of America: Origins and Beliefs
  • Eyewitness Accounts of the Restoration

Backman also compiled a collection of diaries and biographies of people who knew Joseph Smith with the assistance of Keith W. Perkins.[3]


  1. ^ "Milton Vaughn Backman Jr.". Deseret News. February 11, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ Susan Easton Black's vita
  3. ^ "Mormon Studies Resources". Harold B. Lee Library. Brigham Young University. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 


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