The Twenty-Seventh Wife Author:Irving Wallance REBEL IN THE HAREM — Brigham Young took one wife too many when he married Ann Eliza Webb. He was sixty-eight and as powerful in the Utah Territory as the President of the United States. She was twenty-four, a great beauty with a docile way but a strong will. — Ann Eliza lived with the Mormon prophet as a dutiful wife - one of twenty-seven - for fo... more »ur years. Then one summer morning in 1873 she walked out, deserted her renowned husband, and sued him for divorce.
In the bitter legal fracas that followed, the marital problems of Brigham Young and his many wives became public property. Ann Eliza held nothing back in her all-out fight against plural marriage. She dragged the prophet through the courts, sent him to jail, and even took to the lecture platform to disclose the intimate details of her life in that bizarre institution - the American harem.« less