Joseph Smith 'most influential' 19th century American

Josiah Quincy, Jr., was an eloquent man, mannered and serene in appearance. He was a relative of former Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, son of a president of Harvard University and would go on to become mayor of Boston in 1845.

He penned "Figures of the past: from the leaves of old journals" -- 400 pages of what Quincy qualified as "impressions made (on me) by events and persons."

In the final chapter, Quincy states: "It is by no means improbable that some future textbook... will contain a question something like this: What historical American of the nineteenth century has exerted the most powerful influence upon the destinies of his countrymen? And it is by no means impossible that the answer to that interrogatory may be thus written: Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet."

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