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The Masculine Backlash, 1903-1912

Antipolygamy forces, having prevented B.H. Roberts from entering Congress in 1900, almost immediately began their next battle against Mormon apostle Reed Smoot (1862-1941), who was elected to the U.S. Senate by the Utah legislature in January 1903.1 The fight against Smoot, which engaged many of the same prominent antipolygamy foes, was in many ways a replay of the Roberts fight. Unable to prevent Smoot from taking his seat, antipolygamy groups focused their efforts, unsuccessfully, on having Smoot expelled.