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William W. Blair

Born: Oct 11, 1828

Death: Apr 18, 1896

Birthplace: Holley

Nationality: United States

William W. Blair

Date of Birth : Oct 11, 1828
Date of Death : Apr 18, 1896
Birth Place : Holley

William Wallace Blair was an apostle and a member of the First Presidency of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Blair was born in Holley, New York. In 1839, his family moved to LaSalle County, Illinois. In 1851, Blair encountered missionaries from the Latter Day Saint movement. On October 8, 1851, Blair was baptized by William Smith, the younger brother of Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. In 1852, Blair became somewhat disenchanted with William Smith and some of his associates when he "learned that some of the leading elders were walking in unrighteousness". Blair investigated and temporarily aligned himself with Charles B. Thompson's Baneemyites, but ultimately decided that it "was not the work of God." In 1855, Blair aligned himself with John E. Page and Hazen Aldrich, who were claiming to have reorganized the true Church of Christ. However, in late 1856, Blair aligned himself with Latter Day Saints, including William Marks, Jason W. Briggs, and Zenas H. Gurley, who were teaching that a "reorganization" of Joseph Smith's church needed to be effected under Smith's son Joseph Smith III.

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