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William B. Preston

Born: Nov 24, 1830

Death: Aug 2, 1908

Birthplace: Halifax

Nationality: United States

William B. Preston

Date of Birth : Nov 24, 1830
Date of Death : Aug 2, 1908
Birth Place : Halifax

William Bowker Preston was the fourth Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 1884 and 1907. Born in Halifax, Franklin County, Virginia, Preston was raised on a farm but at age 19 became a store clerk. He traveled to California by the Panama route in 1852. He shortly afterward became a farmer in Yolo County, California. It was here that he joined the LDS Church. Preston was baptized by Henry G. Boyle in February 1857 and shortly afterward was ordained an elder by George Q. Cannon. Preston then served as a missionary in northern California until later that year when he led a company of Latter-day Saints to Utah Territory, responding to the call to gather in anticipation of the Utah War. Among those in Preston's company gathering to Utah was Moses Thatcher. Thatcher's sister Harriet A. Thatcher was also in this company, and the following February Preston married Harriet Thatcher. In 1859 Preston was among the first settlers of Logan, Utah. He was made bishop of Logan in November 1859. Beginning in 1862, Preston served as a member of the Utah territorial legislature. From 1865 to 1868 Preston served as a missionary in England.

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