The Full Wiki

More info on John Smith (uncle of Joseph Smith, Jr.)

John Smith (uncle of Joseph Smith, Jr.): Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Smith
Born July 16, 1781(1781-07-16)
Place of birth Derryfield, New Hampshire
Died May 23, 1854 (aged 72)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah Territory
LDS Church General Authority
Assistant Counselor in the First Presidency
Called by Joseph Smith, Jr.
Start of term September 3, 1837 (aged 56)
End of term June 27, 1844 (aged 62)
End reason First Presidency dissolved upon death of Joseph Smith, Jr.
Presiding Patriarch
Called by Brigham Young
Start of term January 1, 1849 (aged 67)
End of term May 23, 1854 (aged 72)
End reason Death

John Smith (July 16, 1781 – May 23, 1854), known as Uncle John, was an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Smith was the younger brother of Joseph Smith, Sr., uncle of Joseph Smith, Jr. and Hyrum Smith, father of George A. Smith, grandfather of John Henry Smith, and great-grandfather of George Albert Smith. He served as an assistant counselor in the First Presidency under Joseph Smith, Jr. and as Presiding Patriarch under Brigham Young. He was succeeded as Presiding Patriarch by his great nephew, who was also named John Smith.

Smith served as president of the stake in Lee County, Iowa during the Nauvoo period. He was also the first president of the Salt Lake Stake, the first stake in Utah Territory, and as such was the leader of the Latter-day Saints in Utah in the winter of 1847–1848.

Smith practiced plural marriage and fathered four children. He died at Salt Lake City.



Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address