James Strang

Latter Day Saint Leader
Born Mar 21, 1813

James Jesse Strang was an American religious leader, politician and self-proclaimed monarch who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite), a faction of the Latter Day Saint movement.

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about James Strang.

  • Island Language It Exists Bowen Island Undercurrent
    Google News - Aug 12, 2011
  • Cead Mile Michigan Irish Times
    Google News - Aug 05, 2011
  • Stories From Chronicles Past Ladysmith Chronicle
    Google News - Jul 05, 2011
  • The 'king' From Hanover Evening Observer
    Google News - Jul 04, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of James Strang.


1813 Birth Born in 1813.


1836 23 Years Old Strang's first wife was Mary Perce, whom he married on November 20, 1836, when she was eighteen and he was twenty-three.


…  In 1844 he founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite), a faction of the Latter Day Saint movement that he claimed to be the sole legitimate continuation of the Church of Christ founded by Joseph Smith fourteen years before.
1847 34 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Eventually Bennett's profligate ways caught up with him, as in Nauvoo, and Strang expelled him in 1847. … Read More
1849 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Many defections, however, were due to Strang's seemingly abrupt "about-face" on the turbulent subject of polygamy. Vehemently opposed to the practice at first, Strang reversed course in 1849 to become one of its strongest advocates, marrying five wives (including his original spouse, Mary) and fathering fourteen children. … Read More
1850 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Strang was accordingly crowned in 1850 by his counselor and Prime Minister, an actor named George J. Adams. … Read More
1851 38 Years Old They were separated in May 1851, though they remained legally married until Strang's death.
1852 39 Years Old Strang's third wife was thirty-one-year-old Betsy McNutt, whom he married on January 19, 1852; his fourth was nineteen-year-old Sarah Adelia Wright, married on July 15, 1855. … Read More


Competition for business and jobs added to tensions on the island, as did the increasing Strangite monopoly on local government, made sure after Beaver and adjacent islands were attached first to Emmet County in 1853, then later organized into their own insular county of Manitou in 1855. … Read More
1855 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Strang's last wife was eighteen-year-old Phoebe Wright, cousin to Sarah, whom he wed on October 27, 1855, less than one year before his murder. … Read More
Building an organization that eventually rivaled Young's in Utah, Strang gained nearly 12,000 adherents prior to his murder in 1856, which brought down his kingdom and all but extinguished his sect. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.