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William Clayton

Born: Jul 17, 1814

Death: Dec 4, 1879

Birthplace: Penwortham

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

William Clayton

Date of Birth : Jul 17, 1814
Date of Death : Dec 4, 1879
Birth Place : Penwortham

William H. Clayton was an early leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and acted as a clerk and scribe to the Mormon religious leader Joseph Smith. Clayton, born in England, is recognized as an American pioneer journalist, scribe, inventor, lyricist and musician. Clayton was born in Penwortham, Lancashire, England, the son of Thomas Clayton and Ann Critchley. He was the eldest of fourteen children. He married Ruth Moon on October 9, 1836.


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