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Lewis C. Bidamon Papers: Finding Aid
mssHM 35603-35793  
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Description
This collection contains letters and documents related to the business and legal activities of Lewis C. Bidamon (1801-1891) of Nauvoo, Illinois, and his family. Notably, the collection contains papers of Bidamon's wife, and the widow of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, Emma Hale Smith (1804-1879) and her son, Joseph Smith III.
Background
Lewis Crum Bidamon (1801-1891), Virginia-born settler of Canton, Illinois, at one time served at Lt. Col. of the 32nd Regiment of Illinois Infantry. In 1846, just as the Mormons were being driven out, Bidamon moved to Nauvoo, Illinois . He married Emma Hale Smith, widow of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith (1804-1844). Bidamon engaged in various business practices in Nauvoo, including selling stock for the Warsaw and Rockford Railroad Company and operating the Nauvoo House, a hotel whose construction was begun by Joseph Smith and completed by Bidamon and his wife. Bidamon was also greatly involved in acquiring land in Nauvoo.
Extent
276 pieces in 2 boxes and 2 folders
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
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