The Bloggernacle has been awash lately in awards: Mormon of the Year, Mormon of the Year, 1950-present, and the Boggs-Doniphan Award. This last one asked for the most influential non-Mormon on Mormonism within the last year, for either good or ill, named about Missouri’s Governor Lilburn Boggs who infamously issued an Extermination Order against the Mormons in 1838 and for Alexander Doniphan, a Missouri militia leader who refused to execute Joseph Smith and other church leaders during the same conflict.
In that same spirit, my question is: Which outsider has most influenced Latter-day Saint history, either positively or negatively?
My vote, predictably, goes to Thomas L. Kane. But I could be wrong. Who would be on your list?