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The Resurgence of the Antipolygamy Controversy, 1898-1900

The relative calm in Mormon-national relations, which followed the Woodruff Manifesto in 1890 and wbich produced Utah statehood by 1896, lasted most of the decade until the election in 1898 of B.H. Roberts, Democratic candidate and polygamist, as Utah's representative to Congress. Salt Lake City ministers immediately organized a campaign to prevent Roberts from taking his seat in the House of Representatives. In J anuary 1900, the House of Representatives voted to deny Roberts his seat.!