Consultants from the Church History Library have compiled a list of the most common questions they have received about Orrin Porter Rockwell.

Below are the top five questions and answers about Orrin Porter Rockwell from the article “Ask Us: Top Five Reference Questions about Orrin Porter Rockwell.”

  1. What was the relationship between Orrin Porter Rockwell and Joseph Smith? Was Rockwell a (friend/bodyguard/etc.) to Smith?
  2. Did Joseph Smith really promise Porter that as long as he didn’t cut his hair, he would be protected from harm?
  3. Did Porter shoot Lilburn W. Boggs?
  4. Did Porter practice plural marriage?
  5. How did Porter die? What were the circumstances surrounding his death?

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