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John Portineus Greene[1] (3 September 1793 – 20 September 1844) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement.

Greene was born in Herkimer, New York. He was a Methodist minister at Mendon, New York. He was friends with Heber C. Kimball and they claimed to witness signs in the Heavens on September 22nd, 1827.[2] He later met Latter Day Saint missionary Samuel Harrison Smith, who sold Greene a copy of the Book of Mormon. Greene later joined the Latter Day Saint church, as did the family of his wife Rhoda, which included Brigham Young.[3][4]

Greene would serve a total of 11 missions for the church. In May 1834 Greene baptized three people while serving as a missionary in Villanova, Chautauqua County, New York.[5] He was the original president of the Eastern States Mission in May 1839.[6] He published a pamphlet about the 1838 expulsion of the Mormons from Missouri in 1839.[7]

Greene was the chief of police in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844. As such he supervised the destruction of the press of the Nauvoo Expositor. When Joseph Smith, Jr. and his brother Hyrum Smith submitted to incarceration in Carthage, Greene was part of a select group of men that accompanied them to the Carthage Jail.[8]

See also



  • Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint Church History, pp. 445-446.


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