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Strang the Strange: America's only king

Strang the Strange: America's only king

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About 145 years ago, a former attorney and future polygamist named James Strang had himself crowned the King of Beaver Island, Michigan. His reign was short and ended violently but while he ruled he did so the old-fashioned way by divine right as the ultimate lawgiver, political authority and arbiter of morals.

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