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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 12 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph Bates Noble papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 705
Scope and Contents Handwritten letters, deeds, histories, newspaper clippings, and an autograph album. Family papers include an autograph album owned by Noble's wife, Mary Beeman Bates, which includes a prophecy by Wilford Woodruff about the end of the world. Also included are property deeds on a lot in Nauvoo, Illinois, and a bishop's court document from 1848 in Salt Lake City, Utah, which involves a dispute over foodsuffs in payment for services.

Record proceeding at the direction of St. George Temple

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 617
Scope and Contents Typewritten excerpt from a diary. The item is a typed copy of Woodruff's diary entry for 1 Jan. 1877. Woodruff was present at the "direction" of the St. George Temple in St. George, Utah, and offered a "Dedication Prayer" which he wrote into his diary. This dedication was for part of the temple.

George Reynolds letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2350
Scope and Contents Handwritten letter dated 5 Sept. 1877 and addressed to Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898) who later became the fourth president of the Mormon Church. Reynolds writes a brief letter dealing with business transactions.

George Albert Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 610
Scope and Contents Genealogy sheets, correspondence, a scrapbook, notebooks, photograph album, and memorabilia. The scrapbook was given to Smith by LDS Church leaders on his birthday in 1940 and include birthday cards from these persons. Many of the materials relate to family genealogy and Brigham Young Academy. Some of the materials deal with George Albert Smith (1817-1875), Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898), Elias Smith (1769-1846), Emma Hale Smith (1804-1879), and other prominent Mormons. Also included is the...

John Taylor letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 677
Scope and Contents Photocopies of typed copies of letters sent by John Taylor to his wives and to such LDS Church leaders as Brigham Young and Wilford Woodruff. The materials deal largely with family and Church matters. Also included are photocopies of handwritten notes on Taylor's various wives.

Wilford Woodruff ticket

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 114
Scope and Contents Mechanically reproduced ticket with the stamped signature of Wilford Woodruff on it. The item admits the bearer to the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple of the Mormon Church.

Wilford Woodruff correspondence

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1541
Scope and Contents Photocopies of letters exchanged between Wilford Woodruff and his brother, Asahel. Wilford describes baptising their family members into the Mormon Church and establishing a branch of that Church in Farmington, Conn. He announces the 14 July birth of his daughter and outlines preparations to migrate to Missouri. He bears testimony to the truthfulness of the Mormon Church.

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 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.