Fanny Alger was a servant in Joseph Smith's house as a young woman. Oliver Cowdery claimed he saw evidence of Joseph and Fanny's sexual relationship when finding them in the barn and later referred to it as a "dirty, nasty, filthy affair". Smith never denied the relationship but adamantly insisted it was not adulterous. Cowdery is later excommunicated in 1838 because he will not relent. Today apologists claim Fanny was Joseph's first plural wife, even though he didn't really develop the plural marriage doctrine for another decade.
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