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Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1807-1898

Biographical History

Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898) served as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1889 to 1898.

Wilford Woodruff was born March 1, 1807. He was raised in Connecticut. Woodruff was a miller by trade. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1833 and served two missions before being ordained an Apostle in 1839. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, he completed four additional missions, presided over the temple in St. George, Utah, and served six years as Church Historian. He was sustained as Church President on April 7, 1889. As President of the Church, he dedicated temples in Salt Lake City and Manti, Utah, oversaw the organization of the Genealogical Society, and reemphasized the value of historical record keeping. After much pondering and prayer, he received a revelation that the Mormons should cease the practice of plural marriage. In 1890, he wrote the Manifesto, testifying that the Church had ceased teaching the practice of plural marriage. Woodruff died in San Francisco on September 2, 1898.

Citation

The illustrated story ... c1982 (1983 prtg.): t.p. (Wilford Woodruff [in title]) p. 5 (b. Mar. 1, 1807; d. Sept. 2,1898)

Woodruff, Wilford. In the whirlpool, 2011: ECIP t.p. (Wilford Woodruff) ch. 1 (once used the moniker Lewis Allen while in hiding)

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1992: p.1580-1582 (Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898), fourth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; born Farmington, Connecticut on March 1, 1807; April 1834 arrived in Kirtland, Ohio; Zion's Camp; missionary to England; missionary to Southern States in 1835; Quorum of the Twelve in 1839; member of the Nauvoo City Council, chaplain of the Nauvoo Legion, member of the council of Fifty; member of pioneer company of Latter-day Saints to arrive in the Great Basin on July 24, 1847; served in the Utah Territorial Legislature for 22 years; Utah territorial council for 21 years; board of directors of Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI); 1889 sustained as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Wikipedia, website viewed 14 October 2010 (Wilford Woodruff, born March 1, 1807 Farmington, Connecticut; Died September 2, 1898, San Francisco, California; LDS Church President, ordained April 7, 1889; LDS Church Apostle, ordained April 26, 1839)

Church History website, via WWW, March 19, 2013 (Wilford Woodruff; b. March 1, 1807; raised in Connecticut; was a miller by trade; joined Church in 1833; ordained apostle in 1839; sustained as Church President April 7, 1889; died. Sept. 2, 1898)

Found in 27 Collections and/or Records:

Wilford Woodruff family letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8173
Scope and Contents Letters written between Wilford Woodruff and members of his family. Letters are to his wife Emma S. Woodruff and to his children Clara and Blanch. Also included are letters from Emma Woodruff to Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Beebe as well as letters between Emma Woodruff and her daughter Clara. Letters talk about family activities and contain advice from Wilford Woodruff to his family. One letter is written shortly before Woodruff died in San Francisco. Another is written while Wilford Woodruff was in...

Wilford Woodruff invitation

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2671
Scope and Contents Printed invitation to the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple of the Mormon Church. Woodruff's signature on the item was placed there by some kind of mechanical reproductive process.

Wilford Woodruff letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 742
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter to M. Richards Jr. of Parowan Utah. The item is a request for Richards to surrender a certificate for 300 shares of Deseret Telegraph Stock to Woodruff.

Wilford Woodruff letter

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1376
Scope and Contents Typed and signed letter addressed to the Weber Stake of the Mormon Church in Utah. The item gives instructions for the forming of a "Board of Education" and a "Stake Academy" in each stake of the church to provide affordable education that will teach the "principles of salvation."

Wilford Woodruff letter to Jacob G. Bigler

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 109
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter, dated October 18, 1887, and addressed to Jacob G. Bigler. Woodruff writes about Bigler's unmarried daughter being baptized in the temple for her health. The item was composed in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wilford Woodruff letter to John Daniel Thompson McAllister

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 429
Scope and Contents Typewritten letter, addressed to John D. T. McAllister, dated August 31, 1894, and signed by Wilford Woodruff and Joseph F. Smith. Woodruff and Smith inform McAllister that he will remain president of the Manti Temple after the return of the former president, Anthon H. Lund.

Wilford Woodruff letter to Susanna Mehetable Rogers Sangiovanni Pickett Keate

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 696
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter, dated April 22, 1845, addressed to Susannah Sangiovanni. The manuscript accompanied another by Heber C. Kimball (Vault MSS 697). The item gives an intimate look at the feelings and the attitudes of the Mormon leaders during the period after the death of Joseph Smith (1805-1844) and before the Mormons were driven from Nauvoo, Illinois starting in 1846.