Sylvester Emmons

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Sylvester Emmons (28 February 1808 – 15 November 1881) was an American attorney born in New Jersey.[1]

Life in Nauvoo, Illinois[edit]

Emmons moved to Illinois in 1840, and in 1843 was elected to the Nauvoo City Council despite being a non-Mormon.[2][3][4]

In 1844, Emmons became editor of the Nauvoo Expositor, which published statements critical of Smith and other LDS church leaders. After Smith ordered the destruction of the press, Smith was arrested and killed by a mob while awaiting trial.

Later life[edit]

Emmons moved Beardstown, Illinois, and became the editor of the town's Gazette. He died in November 1881.


  1. ^ "Emmons, Sylvester - Details". Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Nauvoo City Officers" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Church History ch 21-25". Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  4. ^ "Church History In The Fulness Of Times Student Manual Chapter Twenty-Two: The Martyrdom". 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2013-10-07.