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John Gould
Born May 11, 1808(1808-05-11)
Place of birth Upper Canada
Died May 9, 1851 (aged 42)
Place of death Pottawattamie County, Iowa
LDS Church General Authority
First Seven Presidents of the Seventy
Called by Joseph Smith, Jr.
Start of term April 6, 1837 (aged 28)
End of term September 3, 1837 (aged 29)
End reason Honorably released due to an excess of Presidents of the Seventy

John Gould (11 May 1808 – 9 May 1851) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and is recognized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) as the first non-American person to serve as a general authority.



Born in Upper Canada, Gould was baptized into the Latter Day Saint church sometime before June 1833. In August 1833, he traveled with Orson Hyde from church headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio to assist the Latter Day Saints in Jackson County, Missouri. In 1834, Gould helped Joseph Smith organize Zion's Camp, a larger group of men that traveled to Missouri to render assistance; however, Gould did not participate in Zion's Camp.

Gould was a missionary for the church in 1834 and 1835; he preached primarily in New York with Evan M. Greene. Gould was ordained to the priesthood office of Seventy in 1836 and on 6 April 1837 became one of the seven presidents of the Seventy, a position with church-wide authority. However, on 3 September of that year, Gould was removed from his position when it was discovered that there were eight, not seven, men who had been chosen to be presidents of the Seventy.[1] Joseph Young, one of the other presidents of the Seventy, asked Gould if he would be willing to join the high priests quorum; Gould agreed, and was ordained a high priest.

Gould moved with the majority of Latter Day Saints to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1839. When the Latter Day Saints left Hancock County, due to ill health Gould chose to relocate to Pottawattamie County, Iowa rather than travel west with the Mormon pioneers. Gould died at his home two days shy of his 43rd birthday.

Gould was married to Abigail Harrington and was the father of at least two children.

Doctrine and Covenants

Gould is mentioned in the Doctrine and Covenants, a Latter Day Saint book of scripture. In a revelation given to Joseph Smith, Jr. and Sidney Rigdon on October 12, 1833, Smith and Rigdon were told that Gould and Orson Hyde were safe and would be saved if they kept the commandments of God.[2]


  1. ^ It was previously thought that Levi W. Hancock had been ordained a high priest; therefore, Hancock was released as a President of the Seventy on 6 April 1837. However, it was later discovered that Hancock had not been ordained a high priest, so he was restored to his position, which left eight men holding the position of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy.
  2. ^ Doctrine and Covenants 100:14.


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