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Snow, Lorenzo, 1814-1901



  • Existence: 1814 - 1901

Biographical History

Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901) was an ecclesiastical leader in Utah, and served as the fifth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Lorenzo Snow was born on April 3, 1814 in Mantua, Ohio. He was baptized into the Church in After being baptized a member of the Church in 1836, he served as a missionary in Ohio and the East. He was ordained to the office of Seventy in 1840, and was ordained an apostle in 1849. He then served missions in England and Europe. In 1898 he became president of the Church. During his service he is known for the revelation on tithing that he received in St. George, Utah.

Snow passed away on October 10, 1901 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

His Juvenile instructor, 1901.

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1992: page 1647 (Snow, Lorenzo, born April 3, 1914, Mantua, Ohio; died October 10, 1901, Salt Lake City, Utah; educator; Apostle in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, February 12, 1849, President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, April 7, 1889; President of the Church, September 13, 1898-October 10, 1901) page 1367 (Snow, Lorenzo, fifth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; baptized June 19, 1836 and moved to Kirtland; served various missions; returned to Nauvoo in 1843; left Nauvoo in 1846; on way west stop at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa because of illness; 1848 moved on to Salt Lake City, Utah; mission to Italy in 1849; return to Salt Lake City in 1852, organized the Polysophical Association; Utah Legislature for 29 years; 1853 colonized Box Elder County, Utah; founded Brigham City, Brigham City Mercantile and Manufacturing Association; 1864 mission to the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands; eight years later went to Palestine; 1855 mission among Indians of the Pacific Northwest; dedicated Manti Temple in 1888; president of the Salt Lake Temple in 1893; died in the Beehive House on October 10, 1901; scholar, schoolmaster, missionary, legislator, cooperative leader, financiar, temple worker, and prophet)

Found in 25 Collections and/or Records:

Marinda Goff autograph book from the Utah Territorial Penitentiary

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197225546487]
Identifier: MSS 2805
Abstract Contains autographs and personal notes written by various male LDS Church members and leaders convicted and incarcerated for polygamy, a violation of the Edmunds Act, at the Utah Territory Prison; also includes autographs and notes from friends, family members, and Church leaders from West Jordon, Utah Territory, where Marinda and Hyrum Goff resided; the last autograph and note was written as testimonial in 1900. The book contains testimonials, affirmation of LDS Church doctrine regarding...
Dates: approximately 1886-1887

Edward H. Holt papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197231036630]
Identifier: UA 250
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence regarding admission to Brigham Young Academy, theology class assignments, petitions, essays, talks by Lorenzo Snow and George Q. Cannon, papers regarding credit, advanced standing, student clubs, and miscellaneous correspondence and reports from Holt's files. Materials date from between 1899 and 1938.

Dates: 1899-1938

Home missionary meeting minutes

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230319797]
Identifier: MSS SC 2118
Scope and Contents

Three handwritten items. One item contains a list of Home Missionaries for the Mormon Church who were being set apart and blessed by the Mormon leaders Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901), Joseph Edward Taylor (1830- ), Angus Munn Cannon (1834- ), and Charles Coulson Rich (1809-1883) on October 8th, 1877 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The other two documents are written accounts of Home Missionary meetings.

Dates: 1877

Lorenzo Snow

 Digital Record
Identifier: UAP2_F034_p034topleft

Lucy Pratt Russell letters (recipient), 1893 September 5-1902 March 3

 File — Box 2: Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197233277588], Folder: 26
Identifier: MSS 1511 Series 3 File 23
Scope and Contents

Contains 6 letters to Lucy Pratt Russell from Nathaniel V. Jones, John D. McAllister, Lorenzo Snow, and members of the Pratt family. Items dated September 5, 1893 to March 3, 1902.

Dates: 1893 September 5-1902 March 3

Lorenzo Snow Lyman collection

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230328814]
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)....
Dates: 1853-1964

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher research materials, 1972-1997

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1979 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains Beecher's research materials for various projects. Includes interview materials with Juanita Brooks, lists and file cards of Mormon pseudonyms, and questionnaires for Canadians in Utah. Also contains a map of Kirtland, records on pioneer companies, a cemetery list, photographs of women in the earlier 20th century, a bound copy of the Men and Women newspaper from 1895, as well as various diaries and letters of early Mormons. Also includes records on women in upper Canada and research...
Dates: 1972-1997

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher research materials on Lorenzo Snow, approximately 1974-1991

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1979 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains research materials on Lorenzo Snow including his life chronology broken down into five-year segments, as well as specific files covering his missions to Italy, Great Britain, and within the United States, his time at Oberlin College, and apostleship and time as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also contains family records, records on the Brigham City cooperative, files on his ten wives, his prose and poetry, copies of census records, as well as diaries...
Dates: approximately 1974-1991

Photographs of Lorenzo Snow, date of production not identified

 File — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197231234383], Folder: 5
Identifier: UA 945 File 4

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

 Collection — Oversize 1: [Barcode: 31197227644025]
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...
Dates: 1881