Joseph Smith (1805-1844) was an American founder of the Mormon religious sect.
Smith, born in Vermont, received his first religious call in 1820, and in 1827 claimed to have been granted the revelation of the Book of Mormon (an ancient prophet), inscribed on gold plates and concealed a thousand years before in a hilt near Palmyra, New York State.
He founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fayette, New York, in 1830. The Mormons were persecuted for their beliefs and Smith was killed in Illinois.
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Joseph Smith was an American religious leader and founder.