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Clarissa S. Williams

Born: Apr 21, 1859

Death: Mar 8, 1930

Birthplace: Salt Lake City

Nationality: United States

Clarissa S. Williams

Date of Birth : Apr 21, 1859
Date of Death : Mar 8, 1930
Birth Place : Salt Lake City

Clarissa Smith Williams was the sixth Relief Society General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1921 to 1928. Williams was the first native Utahn to become Relief Society president. Clarissa Smith was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, to Susan West, the seventh wife of LDS Church apostle George A. Smith. In 1901, Bathsheba W. Smith, who was one of Smith's other wives, asked Williams to serve as treasurer of the Relief Society. Williams served in this position until 1910, when she became the first counselor to president Emmeline B. Wells in the Relief Society general presidency. She held this position until 1921, when she was chosen to succeed Wells as president after Wells's death. Due to failing health, Williams asked to be released from her calling in 1928 and was succeeded by Louise Y. Robison. Williams died of nephritis in Salt Lake City and was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Williams married William N. Williams on July 17, 1877 and was the mother of eleven children.

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