Matthias papers  April 1834-11 June 1835
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Biography

Robert Matthias, a struggling carpenter living in New York State in the early 19th century, became the leader of a patriarchal cult known as the "Kingdom of Matthias." When the cult broke up, Matthias faced accusations of multiple offenses, including obtaining money on false pretenses, assault, and murder. He ultimately served four months in prison, three for assaulting his daughter and an additional month for contempt of court.