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Franklin D. Richards
Full name Franklin Dewey Richards
Born April 2, 1821(1821-04-02)
Place of birth Richmond, Massachusetts
Died December 9, 1899 (aged 78)
Place of death Ogden, Utah
LDS Church Apostle
Called by Brigham Young
Ordained February 12, 1849 (aged 27)
Ordination reason Reorganization of First Presidency; excommunication of Lyman Wight[1]
End of term December 9, 1899 (aged 78)
End reason Death
Reorganization at end of term Reed Smoot ordained
LDS Church General Authority
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Called by Brigham Young
Start of term February 12, 1849 (aged 27)
End of term December 9, 1899 (aged 78)
End reason Death
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Start of term September 13, 1898 (aged 77)
End of term December 9, 1899 (aged 78)
End reason Death

Franklin Dewey Richards (April 2, 1821 – December 9, 1899) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from February 12, 1849 until his death. He also served as president of the quorum from September 2, 1898 until his death. Both his son, George F. Richards, and grandson LeGrand Richards were members of the quorum, with his son also serving as president of the quorum from 1945 to 1950. Richards also served in the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1852 and 1856.

Franklin County in southeastern Idaho is named after Richards.[2]

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Biography

Richards was born in Richmond, Massachusetts.

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Calling

Apostle Lyman Wight was excommunicated from the church in December 1848 because he refused to join the church in the Salt Lake Valley. This left an opening in the Quorum of the Twelve.

To fill the vacancy, and to bring the number of the quorum up to twelve, Richards was called and ordained as the fourth of four apostles on February 12, 1849. The other three apostles were Charles C. Rich, Lorenzo Snow, and Erastus Snow.

From 1889 until his death, Richards was the church's twelfth official Church Historian.

President of the Twelve

With the death of Church President Wilford Woodruff on September 2, 1898, President Lorenzo Snow became the president of the church. As the second-most senior apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Richards assumed the role of President of the Twelve. His term was short-lived, as he lived only 15 months longer.

Death

Richards suffered a stroke and paralysis in the autumn of 1899. He died peacefully in his home in Ogden, Utah on December 9, 1899.

The vacancy in the quorum created by his death was filled by Reed Smoot.

Family

The Richards family is only the third Latter-day Saint family in history with three consecutive generations in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (the others being the three-generation combination of George A. Smith, John Henry Smith, and George Albert Smith and the three generation combination of Amasa M. Lyman, Francis M. Lyman, and Richard R. Lyman).[3]

Another of Richards' grandsons, Franklin D. Richards became a general authority of the church, serving as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve and later as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Richards, Charles C. Rich, Lorenzo Snow, and Erastus Snow were ordained on the same day to fill four vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
  2. ^ Franklin County - Idaho.gov
  3. ^ Hyrum, Joseph F., and Joseph Fielding Smith were also three consecutive generations of Apostles, though Hyrum wasn't a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Lorenzo Snow
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
September 13, 1898 – December 9, 1899
Succeeded by
George Q. Cannon
Preceded by
Erastus Snow
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
February 12, 1849 – December 9, 1899
Succeeded by
George Q. Cannon

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