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Season 2 Episode 15 The State of Deseret Part 2


The story of the problems that came with territorial officials in Utah


With the opening of year 1851, citizens of the new Territory of Utah are optimistic of the future. As a territory, the operations of Utah’s government would be supported by the Federal Government. The new territorial officials arrived in Salt Lake City in the late summer of 1851. Tensions immediately began to mount and by September 28, 1851, the officials sneak out of the territory in the middle of the night taking with them the monies designated to run the Territorial Government. The runaway officials circulate terrible rumors and bring the Latter-day Saints to national attention. The Saints counter the rumors in Washington and generally win the battle in the court of public opinion.


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