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Preston, William Bowker, 1830-1908



  • Existence: 1830 - 1908

Biographical History

SNAC, via WWW, August 11, 2020 (William Bowker Preston born November 24, 1830 in Virginia, died August 2, 1908. Fourth presiding bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, settled in California and introduced to the Church by the Thatcher family, who were neighbors. Married Harriet Thatcher on February 24, 1858, settled in Cache, became bishop of Logan. Served a mission to Great Britain in 1866, became a member of the territorial legislative assembly (1872-1882). Findagrave, via WWW, August 11, 2020 (He married Bertha Marie Anderson in 1871).

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Lyman Royal Martineau letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230324557]
Identifier: MSS SC 2531
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter dated 20 Nov. 1891 and addressed to William Preston. Martineau was Preston's son-in-law. Martineau discusses financial matters relating to the Central Milling Company.

Dates: 1891 November 20

Harriet Ann Thatcher Preston diary

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1381
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and bound diary covering a four month period of time, kept by Harriet Thatcher Preston. The item describes daily events from Harriet's life and gives an account of a train trip from Utah to the eastern United States that she took with her husband, William. Dated 1872 to 1873.

Dates: 1872-1873

William Bowker Preston receipts

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230324540]
Identifier: MSS SC 2530
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and printed receipts. The items record the transactions and purchases made by Preston at the Bishop's General Storehouse in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also included is a letter to Preston that was written in Bedford, Wyoming. The item is unsigned, but its salutation was "Dear Uncle."

Dates: 1885-1894

William Bowker Preston letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230334168]
Identifier: MSS 1120
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter dated July 16, 1891, addressed to L. R. Martineau, and composed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Preston is concerned with a bull he lost and with a note siged by "Hendricks."

Dates: 1891 July 16

William Bowker Preston letter and receipts

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230335942]
Identifier: MSS 1241
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and typewritten letter and receipts. Preston writes to John M. Cannon, administrator of the estate of A. H. Cannon. Preston states that the account of A. H. Cannon still owes $841.98 to the Bishops' General Storehouse.

Dates: 1893-1896

William Bowker Preston photograph albums

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7700
Scope and Contents

Collection contains two photograph albums with a total of 618 mounted photographs dating from 1898 to 1925 of the Preston's family. Included are family portraits, houses and land in Cache Valley, Utah, and family trips to national parks and Europe. Also included is a biography of Preston written by Kenneth W. Godfrey.

Dates: 1898-1925

Provo storehouse monetary script

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232516523]
Identifier: UA 637
Scope and Contents Engraved monetary script. This item was worth 10 cents, could only be spent at the Provo Storehouse (Bishop's Storehouse), and was not to be used as money elsewhere. This bill is engraved on both sides with a representation of the main building of the Brigham Young Academy on it. It also has an engraved signature of Wm. B. Preston (1830-1908), Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on it. Those individuals who worked for the Brigham Young Academy were often...
Dates: 1901

Moses Thatcher letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230316595]
Identifier: MSS SC 2038
Scope and Contents

One typewritten letter written on Thatcher Brothers Banking Company stationary. The item contains information concerning various business transactions.

Dates: 1894

Moses Thatcher letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230334085]
Identifier: MSS 1111
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten letter, dated August 2, 1893, and addressed to William B. Preston. Thatcher writes about deeds to lands in Mexico "Made by Johnson and Crosby." Thatcher questions if the Mexican Colonization and Agricultural Company can own land in Mexico as a foreign corporation.

Dates: 1893 August 2

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Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce 6
Letters 6
Economics and Banking 3
Businessmen -- Utah -- Correspondence 2
Latter Day Saints -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- History 2