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John Smith

Born: Jul 16, 1781

Death: May 23, 1854

Birthplace: Manchester

Nationality: United States

John Smith

Date of Birth : Jul 16, 1781
Date of Death : May 23, 1854
Birth Place : Manchester

John Smith, known as Uncle John, was an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 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 a member of the first presiding high council in Kirtland, Ohio, an assistant counselor in the First Presidency under Joseph Smith, 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 1847–48. Smith practiced plural marriage and fathered four children. Smith died at Salt Lake City and was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery. Monument to four generations of a branch of the Smith family, prominent in LDS history Back of monument Headstone of John Smith

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