Question to Mormons: Why did Joseph Smith marry already married women beside his first wife Emma?

I came on this question because I bumped with my search to my manuscript about the founder of the Mormons, Joseph Smith, into different names of women who were already married with another man. The Mormons taught long the polygamy (till 1890), and unmarried women for Smith would have been at least conceivable, but... show more I came on this question because I bumped with my search to my manuscript about the founder of the Mormons, Joseph Smith, into different names of women who were already married with another man. The Mormons taught long the polygamy (till 1890), and unmarried women for Smith would have been at least conceivable, but already married women such as

Lucinda Morgan Harris

Zina Huntington Jacobs, or

Presendia Huntington Buell,

let me to question WHY this was happen at that time?
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