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.
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.
276 pieces in 2 boxes and 2 folders
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