Saddlery Company (Pefley on left)*
Pefley grew popular as he worked to develop a Public School System in Boise, eventually becoming the city’s fourteenth mayor in 1887 before his election to the statehouse two years later.¹ He may be best known, though, as a delegate to Idaho’s Constitutional Convention in 1889 where he took several solitary, principled stands.
A proposed section of the constitution had been written to bar from voting and office anyone “who is a bigamist or polygamist, or living in what is known as patriarchal, plural or celestial marriage or in violation of any law of this state,” or anyone even sympathetic to those ideas.²
Although careful not to codify names, the target was explicit. “I do not believe they have a right to exist in this territory,” Delegate A.E. Mayhew argued in defense of the section. “I am willing to do anything to tear down and eradicate the institution of Mormonism in this territory.”³
* Idaho State Historical Society image 816-B: idahohistory.cdmhost.com/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16281...
¹ Vintage Gun Leather, “Pefley Saddle and Harness Company History”: www.vintagegunleather.com/company-marks/pefley_history.html
² Proceedings and Debates of the Constitutional Convention of Idaho (1889), p. 1006: archive.org/stream/proceedingsdebat00idah/proceedingsdeba...
³ Ibid., p. 1008