Almon W. Babbitt, Delegate from Deseret. April 4, 1850. Almon W. BABBITT, UNITED STATES CONGRESS - COMMITTEE OF ELECTIONS.

Almon W. Babbitt, Delegate from Deseret. April 4, 1850

[Washington? Government Printing Office?], 1850. First Edition. Octavo (22.5cm.); removed; 16pp. Light wear, else Very Good to Near Fine. At head of title: "31st Congress, 1st Session, Rep. No. 219."

Report submitted regarding "the credentials of Almon W. Babbitt, esq., and his memorial praying to be admitted to a seat in the House of Representatives." The text opens with a description of the provisional General Assembly of the State of Deseret at which Babbitt was elected to travel to Washington petitioning statehood, which instead led to the creation of the Territory of Utah. Scholarship describes Babbitt as one of the earliest members of the Church of Latter Day Saints following its establishment, though his activities in Washington reveal political ambition above the interests of the Church, creating false partisan issues and stoking animosity towards President Zachary Taylor in the few months prior to his demise in office (see Bruce Worthen, "The Political Intrigues of Almon Babbitt," "Utah Historical Quarterly," Vol. 83, no. 2, Spring, 2015, pp. 84-97). FLAKE 9115.

Price: $450.00

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