In the President's Office: The Diaries of L. John Nuttall, 1879-1892

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Signature Books, 2007 - Religion - 511 pages
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As the private secretary to two LDS Church presidents, the dedicated diarist L. John Nuttall knew much about the inner workings of the church bureaucracy. Brother Nuttall's tenure happened to be during the raid, as Presidents John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff hid from federal marshals intent on arresting polygamists. A polygamist himself, Nuttall could not approach his own children, whom he had not seen for years, when he saw them walk past the building where he was sequestered. Not inclined to tell anecdotes or confide personal feelings to his diary, Nuttall nevertheless kept meticulous records of business dealings, political maneuvering, private correspondence, and leadership decisions. He was a behind-the-scenes observer of the contentious probate settlement of Brigham Young's estate, the Manifesto ending polygamy, and the quest for statehood. Occasionally he gave voice to some of the anger Mormons felt over non-Mormon influence in Utah.

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Jedediah Smart Rogers is a doctoral student at Arizona State University. At Brigham Young University, where his master's thesis was "Rebels, Toadstool Worshipers, and the Great Western 'Land Grab': The Sagebrush Rebellion in Utah," he received the William J. Snow Award in Western U.S. History. He has published in the Utah Historical Quarterly and Utah Preservation. He has delivered papers at gatherings of the Mormon History Association and at BYU's Religious Education Student Symposium. He served an LDS mission to Costa Rica.

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