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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 57 Collections and/or Records:

Scott G. Kenney research materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2022
Scope and Contents Photocopies of correspondence, minutes, journals, and subject research files of Scott Kinney. These materials relate to Joseph F. Smith (1832-1918) sixth President of the LDS Church. The bulk of the collection deals with the years 1870 to 1918. These research files are documentation for Kinney's proposed biography of Smith.

Abraham Alonzo Kimball family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2322
Scope and Contents This collection contains two journals belonging to Abraham Kimball, Sr. which record his missionary service from 1877-1879 and papers which include personal and Church related papers spanning the years between 1887-1888. Also included in the collection are family patriarchal blessings and histories, as well as two journals of Abraham A. Kimball Jr. which chronicle his mission to the Southern States from 1896-1898. This collection contains personal records of the Kimball family. Included are...

Legal instruments relating to Mormons in Utah

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 707
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous legal documents. The collection consists of an account balance slip signed by Brigham Young, a stock certificate signed by Wilford Woodruff, John Bernhisel, among others; an incorporation bond; a record of trespass action against Lyman E. Johnson; a record of a court action; four receipts of per diem signed by Heber C. Kimball, Jedediah M. Grant, Orson Hyde, and Parley P. Pratt; and a petition for payment to E. D. Mecham, a member of the Mormon Battalion, from the estate of A....

Letters, 1895-1897

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 54
Identifier: Vault MSS 2
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter, dated 27 Dec. 1897, and addressed to "Brother Anthony." Cannon asks Anthony to "extend any courtesy to [a friend] that he may need." Also included is a photocopy of a typewritten "Agreement," dated 25 June 1895, and signed by the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Cannon. The item relates to an "overdraft" from "Zion's Saving Bank."

Lorenzo Snow Lyman collection

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2976
Scope and Contents Correspondence and certificates of Lorenzo S. Lyman and Lyman family papers. The correspondence deals with 19th and 20th century Utah politics; references to Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, the St. George Temple, and Utah mining and politics; Family History; family activities in various locations (San Bernardino, California and Fillmore and Parowan, Utah); and letters from Francis M. Lyman about being an apostle and travels (a visit to Egypt and Palestine in 1902). Certificates...

Muhlestein family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 804
Abstract The Muhlestein family papers include letters, photographs, a diary, stories, a certificate, pedigree charts, biographies of family members, and other various papers, circa 1914-1991.

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.

Photographs of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles under President John Taylor

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 3712
Scope and Contents This large framed photo montage consists of images of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1881. The photographs are arranged in order of seniority: President John Taylor, Orson Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, Charles C. Rich, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, Franklin D. Richards, George Q. Cannon (1st Counselor), Joseph F. Smith (2nd Counselor), Brigham Young Jr., Albert Carrington, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, and John Henry Smith. Around each photo is the man's age, stature...

Photographs of Wilford Woodruff

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 422
Scope and Contents Collection includes 20 photographs, including cartes-de-visite, prints, and photocopies of images, of Wilford Woodruff and other leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also includes images of a statue of Woodruff. Photographs were taken between the 1870s and the 1940s.