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Nauvoo

(nôvo͞o`), historic city (1990 pop. 1,108), Hancock co., W Ill., on heights overlooking the Mississippi River; inc. 1841. Situated in an agricultural area where fruit, corn, and soybeans are grown, the city produces wine and cheese, but tourism is the major industry. Settled in the early 1830s as Commerce, the city became (1839) a Mormon center and was renamed. Nauvoo grew rapidly under Joseph SmithSmith, Joseph,
1805–44, American Mormon leader, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, b. Sharon, Vt. When he was a boy his family moved to Palmyra, N.Y., where he experienced the poverty and hardships of life on a rough frontier.
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 and the Mormons, to some 20,000 inhabitants in the early 1840s; it was briefly Illinois' largest city. After Smith and his brother were killed (1844) by a mob in nearby Carthage, his followers left Illinois for Utah (1846). From 1849 to 1856 Nauvoo was the site of a utopian socialist colony under Etienne CabetCabet, Etienne
, 1788–1856, French utopian socialist. He was elected to the chamber of deputies in 1831, but his bitter attacks on the government resulted in his conviction for treason.
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. Smith's house and other buildings from Nauvoo's past still stand, but the original Mormon Temple was burned by anti-Mormon rioters in 1848. An imposing new limestone temple was erected on the site in 2002 and has become the focus of Mormon pilgrimage. Nauvoo State Park is nearby.
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When he and his crew established a beachhead in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1871, they persuaded the state to ratify the Icarians' existence as a joint-stock "agricultural society" that constituted its own "body politic and corporate.
The new article about Smith's wives during the 1830s and 1840s in Kirtland, Ohio, and Nauvoo, Illinois, comes about 10 months after the church acknowledged polygamy was widely practiced among its members in the late 19th century.
Smith's supporters held a nominating convention in the Mormon settlement of Nauvoo, Illinois, on May 17, 1844.
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tells the story of the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, to the New Zion in the West to escape religious persecution.
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Recent video performances of the Choir's Christmas concert with Angela Lansbury and an historic tour to Nauvoo, Illinois will be re-released under the new label later this year.
On the other hand, a significant omission from their list is Nauvoo, Illinois, site of the largest and best preserved Latter-Day Saints settlement east of Salt Lake City.
Other settings evoke the early Mormons' troubled journeys to Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois: a settler's log cabin chinked with Missouri mud and a portion of a temple wall rebuilt with stones from the original temple in Nauvoo, Illinois.
In Nauvoo, Illinois, near a mammoth bend in the Mississippi, an elderly gentleman shows us around a magnificent 1840s home.
Richman retraced on motorcycle the trail seven of her eight ancestors had traveled 150 earlier from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City as part of the migration of the Latter Day Saints, or Mormons.