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George J. Adams


George Jones Adams was the leader of a splinter sect of the Latter-day Saints formed after the death of the prophet Joseph Smith Jr. Adams initially followed schismatic leader James Jesse Strang, but was excommunicated from his sect in 1851. By the late 1850s he formed the Church of the Messiah, which was based in northern Maine. He proposed to settle his followers in a colony in Palestine to facilitate the second coming of Christ. Adams's mission ended in disaster, and his colony at Jaffa lasted only two years, 1866-1867. Adams's newspaper, The Sword of Truth and Harbinger of Peace, is quite rare, and is of importance for both Mormon and communal studies.

Materials Digitized

  • The Sword of Truth and Harbinger of Peace (3 vols., 1862-1866)

External Resources


Christian Goodwillie, Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives
E-mail: cgoodwil (at) hamilton (dot) edu
Telephone: (315) 859-4447

Special Collections
Burke Library
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

(Reviewed: June 1, 2017)


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