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The saintly scoundrel : the life and times of Dr. John Cook Bennett

Author: Andrew F Smith
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first biography of one of this nation's most outrageous individuals, a man who was president of the medical departments of two universities and chancellor of two others, a member and officer of at least twenty different agricultural, medical, or social organizations, an itinerant minister in three different denominations, and a lobbyist who successfully ushered bills through legislatures in Ohio,
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: John Cook Bennett
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew F Smith
ISBN: 0252022823 9780252022821
OCLC Number: 34721478
Description: xiii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Westward immigrants --
The diploma peddler --
The getter up of colleges --
The tomato campaign --
Vagabond interludes --
Nauvoo : the saintly city --
Smith's exposé of Bennett --
Bennett's exposé of Smith --
The lecture circuit --
Ho for Voree : Bennett's Mormon encore --
A fowl ending --
In retrospect.
Responsibility: Andrew F. Smith.
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This is the first biography of one of this nation's most outrageous individuals, a man who was president of the medical departments of two universities and chancellor of two others, a member and officer of at least twenty different agricultural, medical, or social organizations, an itinerant minister in three different denominations, and a lobbyist who successfully ushered bills through legislatures in Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, and Illinois.

Bennett's roles ranged from mayor of Nauvoo, confidant of Joseph Smith, and chicken breeder to surgeon, quartermaster general of Illinois, promoter of the tomato, and diploma salesman. His story is brilliantly told by an author who spent nine years uncovering and piecing together the facts. The Saintly Scoundrel reveals Bennett as one of the nineteenth century's most enterprising and entertaining humbugs, truly a man who excelled at promoting beliefs, places, things, and himself, whose ability to abruptly shift positions on people and faiths would dazzle even the most formidable propagandist of the twentieth century.

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