Davenport Demokrat: Petition for the Taxation of Church Property (Petition wegen Besteuerung des Kirchen-Eigentums)
religion; taxes; church property
The text of the petition, translated from an English petition in circulation at the time, requests that the Iowa General Assembly revoke the tax-exempt status of church property. In support, it claims that the value of church property (in Iowa?) quadrupled between 1850 and 1870, even though church membership rose much less. It argues that such a concentration of a wealth in the hands of clerics is dangerous for civil liberty.
12 February 1874
State Historical Society of Iowa
Davenport Demokrat, microfilm newspaper collections, State Historical Society of Iowa
Davenport; Iowa; 1874; Scott County