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Smith, Hyrum Gibbs, 1879-1932



  • Existence: 1879 - 1932

Biographical History

Hyrum Gibbs Smith (1879-1932) was the Presiding Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1912 until his death.

Hyrum Gibbs Smith was born on July 8, 1879 in South Jordan, Utah to Annie Hannah Maria Gibbs and Hyrum Fisher Smith. He was the great-grandson of Hyrum Smith, the brother of Joseph Smith, Jr. Soon after his birth his family moved to Idaho, where they stayed for four years before moving back to Utah, where he spent the rest of his childhood. He attended public school through eighth grade, then Brigham Young Academy for three years. Following his graduation he taught public school in Utah for seven years. On August 17, 1904 he married Martha Electa Gee, and the couple moved to California so that Smith could pursue a degree in dentistry at the University of Southern California. After his graduation in 1911 he was called back to Salt Lake City, Utah as the new Presiding Patriarch of the Church. He was set apart on May 9, 1912, and served until his death on February 4, 1932.

FamilySearch, via WWW, April 17, 2017 (b. July 8, 1879, South Jordan, Utah; d. Feb. 4, 1932, Salt Lake City, Utah; parents Hyrum Fisher Smith, Annie Hannah Maria Gibbs; m. Martha Electa Gee Aug 17 1904; eight children)

Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, 1941: p.778 (Move to Idaho, back to Utah after four years; Brigham Young Academy; taught public school seven years; studied dentistry at University of Southern California; graduated 1911; Presiding Patriarch of the Church May 9, 1912; descendant of Hyrum Smith)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Warren Milton Hughes church papers

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197225523684]
Identifier: MSS SC 3031
Scope and Contents

Includes his Latter-day Saint infant blessing certificate, patriarchal blessing received from Presiding Patriarch Hyrum G. Smith, high priest ordination certificate, and a poem. Also includes pictorial priesthood lineage card for Cecil I. Birmingham, who ordained Hughes to be a high priest. Poem appears to be from Hughes's mission in the Southern States in the early 1920s, and contains humorous references to other missionaries.

Dates: 1900-1962

My life story

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230236447]
Identifier: MSS SC 225
Scope and Contents

Signed typescript which tells of Isom's life in Salt Lake City, Utah; her marriage to Alma Isom of Hurricane, Utah; and their later life as Mormons in Southern California.

Dates: 1978

Photographs of John Smith and Gee families

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3919
Scope and Contents This collection comes from the personal collection of Gilbert Isom, whose mother was Cleone Smith Isom, daughter of Hyrum Gibbs Smith. It includes photographs of each Presiding Patriarchs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including John Smith and Eldred Gee Smith, and various other members of the Smith family. Also included are photographs of Cleone Smith Isom's mother Martha Electa Gee Smith and other Gee family members. Notable items include pictures of John Smith and...
Dates: approximately 1880-1990

Pinegar family patriarchal blessings

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230332006]
Identifier: MSS SC 3232
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of microfilmed copies of the original materials. The collection consists of patriarchal blessings given to members of the Pinegar family. The partriarchs giving the blessings are John Smith (2), William Grotegut (1), and Hyrum G. Smith (2). Also included are Pinegar and Palmer family genealogies.

Dates: 1867-1944

Hyrum Gibbs Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 804
Scope and Contents

Contains documents relating to the life of Hyrum Gibbs Smith. Materials discuss his role as the fifth Presiding Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during 1912-1932, his education as a dentist during 1909-1910, and his personal life. Included are diaries, correspondence, realia, legal documents, and photographs. Materials were created in Salt Lake City, Utah and at the University of Southern California. Dated 1902-1976.

Dates: 1902-1976

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