Marion Party

An offshoot movement of the mid-1860s (based in Marion, Iowa) that absorbed the remnants of an earlier defecting group in Michigan and finally became an organized denomination. “Hope of Israel” Party (1858). About the beginning of 1858 in Michigan, Gilbert Cranmer was refused a license to preach until he would stop using tobacco and would solve certain home problems. Upon his refusal, Cranmer went out on his own to preach, and obtained a few followers among Seventh-day Adventists. In 1863 these defectors revived the defunct Messenger of Truth (see Messenger Party ) and changed its name to The Hope of Israel (not to be confused with the journal of that name in Portland, Maine). The emphasis of the new offshoot group was on liberty to use tobacco and to indulge in other practices disappr...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.