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Jedediah M. Grant
Full name Jedediah Morgan Grant
Born February 21, 1816(1816-02-21)
Place of birth Windsor, New York
Died December 1, 1856 (aged 40)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah Territory
LDS Church Apostle
Called by Brigham Young
Ordained April 7, 1854 (aged 38)
Ordination reason Death of Willard Richards[1]
End of term December 1, 1856 (aged 40)
End reason Death
Reorganization at end of term Daniel H. Wells ordained and added to the First Presidency
LDS Church General Authority
First Seven Presidents of the Seventy
Called by Brigham Young
Start of term December 2, 1845 (aged 29)
End of term April 7, 1854 (aged 38)
End reason Called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency
Second Counselor in the First Presidency
Called by Brigham Young
Start of term April 7, 1854 (aged 38)
End of term December 1, 1856 (aged 40)
End reason Death

Jedediah Morgan Grant (1816-02-21 – 1856-12-01) was a leader and an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was member of the First Council of the Seventy from 1845 to 1854. He also served in the First Presidency under Church President Brigham Young from 1854 to 1856. He is known for his fiery speeches during the Reformation of 1856, earning the nickname, "Brigham's Sledgehammer". He is the father of Heber J. Grant, who later served as President of the Church.


Early life

Jedediah M. Grant was born February 21, 1816 to Joshua Grant and Athalia Howard Grant in Windsor, New York. He joined the LDS Church early in his life. By the age of 18 he had participated in Zion's Camp, marching from Kirtland, Ohio to Missouri under the direction of Joseph Smith, Jr.. Though the physical objectives of the march weren't met, many members later became leaders of the LDS Church. Jedediah's close relationship with these men from such an early age would last the rest of his life.

Grant was among the first Latter-day Saint missionaries to go to Maryland[2], North Carolina[3] and the present boundaries of Virginia[4] His preaching efforts in the Toms River area of New Jersey in the late 1830s lead to first conversion of members of the Ivins Family.[5][6].

Grant was one a group of men (which also included Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff and George A. Smith) who were called in 1844 to campaign for Joseph Smith's election to President of the United States.

Church leader

After Smith's death, Jedediah was called to serve as a President of the Seventy. As a Seventy, he helped with the trek westwards and the settling of the Salt Lake Valley. He would later become the first mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, serving in that position from 1851 until his death. Morgan County, Utah and Morgan, Utah are both named for him.

In 1854, Jedediah M. Grant was ordained an Apostle, but he did not become a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Instead, he was called to the First Presidency as Second Counselor to Brigham Young, to fill the vacancy left by Willard Richards' death.

Sermons during the Mormon reformation

In 1856, Grant was called upon by Young to tour the northern sections of Utah, calling them to repentance. In the Mormon Reformation of 1856, he toured according to his assignment, delivering fiery speeches condemning all forms of sin and demanding perfection. He issued a call for rebaptism of all the members of the area. His speeches earned him the title, "Brigham's Sledgehammer." The effects of his speeches were felt almost immediately; members throughout the area, as well as in distant parts, were rebaptized to signify their commitment to renew their commitments to the LDS Church and the gospel. Several of these speeches are recorded in Journal of Discourses.


Grant contracted pneumonia after his vigorous tour. He died on December 1, 1856, just nine days after his son, Heber J. Grant was born to his wife Rachel Ridgeway Ivins Grant. Like many early Latter-day Saints, Jedediah Grant practiced plural marriage. He had a total of seven wives and 13 children. His son Heber J. Grant became the seventh President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Grave marker of Jedediah M. Grant.


  1. ^ Grant replaced Richards as a member of the First Presidency. Although he was an ordained apostle, Grant was never a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
  2. ^ Deseret Morning News Church Almanc, 2005, p. 197
  3. ^ Deseret News Church Almanc, 2005 ed., p. 220
  4. ^ Deseret News Church Almanac, 2005 ed., p. 254.
  5. ^ "Supporting Saints" article on Rachel Ivins Grant
  6. ^ Deseret News Church Almanac, 2005, p. 213

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mayors of Salt Lake City
1851 – 1856
Succeeded by
Abraham O. Smoot


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