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Frederick M. Smith

Born: Jan 21, 1874

Death: Mar 20, 1946

Birthplace: Plano

Nationality: United States

Frederick M. Smith

Date of Birth : Jan 21, 1874
Date of Death : Mar 20, 1946
Birth Place : Plano

Frederick Madison Smith, generally known among his followers as "Freddie M.", was an American religious leader and author and the third Prophet-President of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving from 1915 until his death. Smith's paternal grandfather was Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, and his father was Joseph Smith III, the first president after the Church's "Reorganization." The first graduate of Graceland University, Fred M. earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Clark University in 1916, setting him apart as one of the most highly educated members of his church at the time. Smith’s leadership was controversial. One biographer has called him “a man of paradox” and “one of the most controversial figures in Reorganization history.” His presidency saw the church initiate a series of major projects, but it was also marred by the controversy over what became known as “Supreme Directional Control.”

Parents


  • Joseph Smith III
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