Definition of Joseph Smith from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Joseph Smith

 
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(1805-44) the US religious leader who started the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and published The Book of Mormon (1830) containing their basic beliefs. After some of his followers burnt down the offices of a Mormon newspaper that had criticized him, Smith was arrested with his brother Hyrum and taken to a prison at Carthage, Illinois, where an angry crowd shot and killed them.