in the Mormons
who wanted to succeed Joseph Smith
. After Joseph Smith
ated Strang claimed that God
told him that he was supposed to be the new leader of the Mormons
. He also produced a letter
that was supposedly from Smith saying that Strang was his intended successor
. Strang was denounced by Brigham Young
and his posse
as an impostor
and for the forgery
of the letter from Joseph Smith
. Strang wasn't into it any more so he formed his own sect
called the Strangites.
After relocating his followers to Wisconsin Strang supposedly translated The Book of the Law of the Lord with some glasses given to him by an angel from gold plates that were supposed to be from the Ark of the Covenant. He claimed that the plates gave him revelations that authorized polygamy and coronated him as King James I.
Eventually Strang was assassinated by some of his former followers. At the time of his death he had 5000 or so faithful followers.