The Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act was signed into law on July 8, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. Sponsered by Justin Smith Morrill of Vermont, the act banned plural marriage and limited church and non-profit ownership in any territory of the United States to $50,000. The act targeted the Mormon church ownership in the Utah territory. The measure had no funds allocated for enforcement, and President Lincoln chose to leave the Mormons alone.
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