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Introduction to Rigdon, Smith & Co.

was a mercantile company composed of , JS, and possibly . The firm began operating a store in , Ohio—located six miles south of the main settlement of Latter-day Saints in , Ohio—in September 1836. The was likely connected to a mercantile partnership established earlier that year, called , which purchased wholesale goods from merchants in .
The primary extant record for the firm’s store in is a ledger book, consisting of basic accounts with no detail about what was sold. The ledger demonstrates that the store had consistent business from September 1836 to March 1837. A significant decrease occurred after this period, likely related to the financial panic of 1837, outstanding debts, and increasing opposition toward JS and the church. The store closed in May 1837, and JS appears to have withdrawn as a partner of both and at the same time.
was a mercantile company composed of , JS, and possibly . The firm began operating a store in , Ohio—located six miles south of the main settlement of Latter-day Saints in , Ohio—in September 1836. The was likely connected to a mercantile partnership established earlier that year, called , which purchased wholesale goods from merchants in .
The primary extant record for the firm’s store in is a ledger book, consisting of basic accounts with no detail about what was sold. The ledger demonstrates that the store had consistent business from September 1836 to March 1837. A significant decrease occurred after this period, likely related to the financial panic of 1837, outstanding debts, and increasing opposition toward JS and the church. The store closed in May 1837, and JS appears to have withdrawn as a partner of both and at the same time.