Spaulding, Solomon, 1761-1816
- Existence: 1761 - 1816
Solomon Spaulding (1761-1816) was a Revolutionary War veteran and graduate of Dartmouth College who served the majority of his life as a minister in Windham, CT and store-owner in locations ranging from New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He also was the author of "Manuscript, Found," a book which some claim to be the inspiration of "The Book of Mormon."
Solomon Spaulding was born on February 20, 1761 in Ashford, Connecticut. As he grew up, he served as a member of the Continental Army in the American Revolution. After the war concluded, he then entered Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH between 1782-1785. After graduating, he served as a Congregationalist preacher in Windham, CT starting in 1787.
In 1795, Spaulding left the ministry, married Matilda Sabin, and opened a store withn his brother Josiah in Cherry Valley, NY. In 1799, he then moved the store to Richfield and later relocated to Conneaut, OH. While living in Ohio, he began writing the book "Manuscript, Found," a historical romance about a lost civilization of Greeks who found themselves and established their society in America. Although more based on Greek epics, rumors escalated that this unpublished book was the basis to Joseph Smith's "The Book of Mormon."
Eventually due to the War of 1812, Spaulding eventually moved his family east to Pennsylvania. After four years of living there, he eventually passed away on October 20, 1816.
Citation:Wikipedia, May 16, 2017 (b. Feb. 20, 1761; d. Oct. 20, 1816; served as Revolutionary War vet, minister, and store-owner; author of "Manuscript, Found," a work which some claim to be the basis of "The Book of Mormon.")
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The contents of this collection represent the research notes of Dale Adams regarding several important events in the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In many cases, photocopies of original sources are included in the collection. The main focus of the collection is the Ohio period of LDS history, with particular attention being paid to Solomon Spaulding (or Spalding) and D. Philastus Hurbut (or Hurlburt).
Typed carbon copy. Bown argues that Joseph Smith was, as the author of the Book of Mormon, heavily influenced by Spaulding's manuscript.