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Jesse Carter Little

Born: Sep 26, 1815

Death: Dec 26, 1893

Birthplace: Belmont

Nationality: United States

Jesse Carter Little

Date of Birth : Sep 26, 1815
Date of Death : Dec 26, 1893
Birth Place : Belmont

Jesse Carter Little was a Mormon pioneer and a member of the presiding bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Little was born in Belmont, Massachusetts. In 1845, Little was taught by Latter Day Saint missionary and apostle Parley P. Pratt; he was baptized into the LDS Church and in 1846 was made a president of the church's missions in the eastern United States. In 1846, Little met with United States President James K. Polk and former Post Master General, Amos Kendall asking for help for the emigrating members of the LDS church to the west. During this time, Little was advised by Thomas L. Kane, a Pennsylvania lawyer. When help was not forthcoming, Little wrote a letter to Polk saying he would go across the trackless ocean for help if none was provided by the United States. This resulted in a call for a battalion of Mormons for the war against Mexico. Once he was promised this help, Little traveled from Washington, D.C., to Nauvoo, Illinois, and from there to Omaha, Nebraska.

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