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George W. Robinson

Born: May 14, 1814

Death: Feb 10, 1878

Nationality: United States

George W. Robinson

Date of Birth : May 14, 1814
Date of Death : Feb 10, 1878

George Washington Robinson was the first secretary to the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was also a Danite leader and an official church recorder in the 1830s and was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Rigdonite church established in 1845. Born in Pawlet, Vermont, Robinson was a son-in-law to prominent Latter Day Saint leader Sidney Rigdon, having married Athalia Rigdon in 1837. Robinson also became the recorder of the church in 1837. On April 6, 1838, Robinson was appointed the first clerk or secretary to the church's First Presidency, having previously served as the clerk and recorder of the Kirtland high council. Robinson was imprisoned in Liberty Jail with Joseph Smith, Jr. at Liberty, Missouri for a period of time. In 1839, Robinson became the first postmaster in Commerce, Illinois, which was later renamed Nauvoo. Robinson was released from his recorder and secretarial duties in 1840 when he moved from Nauvoo across the Mississippi River to Iowa. In 1842, Robinson became disaffected with the leadership of Joseph Smith, Jr..

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