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Parley P. Pratt

Born: Apr 12, 1807

Death: May 13, 1857

Birthplace: Burlington

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Parley P. Pratt

Date of Birth : Apr 12, 1807
Date of Death : May 13, 1857
Birth Place : Burlington

Parley Parker Pratt, Sr. was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement whose writings became a significant early nineteenth-century exposition of the Latter Day Saint faith. Named in 1835 as one of the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Pratt was part of the Quorum's successful mission to Great Britain from 1839 to 1841. Pratt has been called "the Apostle Paul of Mormonism" for his promotion of distinctive Mormon doctrines. Pratt explored and surveyed Parley's Canyon in Salt Lake City, Utah, and subsequently built and maintained the first road for public transportation in the canyon. Practicing plural marriage, Pratt was murdered in 1857 by the estranged husband of his twelfth wife. He had a total of 30 children, and his living descendants in 2011 were estimated to number 30,000 to 50,000. He was the great-great-grandfather of Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican candidate for President of the United States and the great-great-great-grandfather of Jon Huntsman, Jr. 9th United States Ambassador to China.


  • Writer

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  • Helaman Pratt
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