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Blog Home : May 2012 : 2012-05-07 to 2012-05-13

Everything You Need to Know About Mormonism

Salon / By Alex Pareene

"The precipitous mountain pass that led the [Mormon] pioneers down into the Salt Lake Valley and still is the route of access from the east on Interstate 80, was first explored by my great-grandfather, Parley P. Pratt," Mitt Romney cheerfully writes in "Turnaround," the airport bookstore leadership manual he wrote in 2004 while governor of Massachusetts.

"He had worked a road up along 'Big Canyon Creek' as an act of speculation when his crop failed in the summer of 1849. He charged tolls to prospectors making their way to California at the height of the Gold Rush and even had a Pony Express station commissioned along his pass."

Romney doesn't add - and why should he? - that Pratt was murdered in 1857, by the husband of a woman he took as one of his "plural wives." (His ninth.)........

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