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Beaver Island’s Mormon King, James Strang

Beaver Island’s Mormon King, James Strang

In 1850 Mormon renegade James Strang
was crowned king of his Beaver Island colony. His reign lasted just six years, but tales of his five wives, his bullying of followers and his eventual assassination by an angry husband have kept his name alive in the lore of his adopted Lake Michigan realm.

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