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Nibley, Charles W. (Charles Wilson), 1849-1931

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1849-1931

Biographical History

Charles W. Nibley (1849-1931) was the fifth presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1907 to 1925 and second counselor in the First Presidency from 1925 to 1931.

Charles Wilson Nibley was born on February 5, 1849, in Hunterfield, Scotland, to parents James Nibley and Jean Wilson. In 1855 his family immigrated to the United States to join the rest of the Latter-day Saints in Utah. They lived in Rhode Island before moving to Utah in 1860. Eventually they settled in Wellsville, Utah. When Nibley left home he moved to Brigham City, Utah where he worked for Morris Rosenbaum and became a partner in his store. Here he met Rebecca Neibar, whom he married in 1869. Later in his life Nibley also married two other wives: Julia Budge and Ellen Jane Ricks.

From 1879 to 1885 Nibley managed a lumber company for the Church, which eventually led him to start the Oregon Lumber Company in 1889. Nibley was a successful businessman and eventually became a multimillionaire due to multiple investments and involvement in various industries including railroads, insurance, banking, politics, and agriculture. He was also prominent in Church leadership circles. In 1907 he was called as the presiding bishop for the Church. In 1925 he was released from this calling and given the calling to be Heber J. Grant’s second counselor in the First Presidency, a role he held until his death in 1931. His service in this role is notable since he is one of few men who served in the First Presidency without having been ordained to the office of apostle first.

He died on December 11, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citation

Reed Smoot papers, 1880-1966 (Charles W. Nibley)

Wikipedia, Dec. 8, 2010 (Charles W. Nibley; Charles Wilson Nibley; b. Feb. 5, 1849 in Hunterfield, Midlothian, Scotland; d. Dec. 11, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah; resident of Wellsville and Brigham City, Utah; Mormon pioneer, businessman; served as presiding bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1907-1925; member of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1925-1931)

OCLC, Dec. 8, 2010 (hdg: Nibley, C. W.; Nibley, C. W. (Charles Wilson), 1849-1931; Nibley, Charles W.; Nibley, Charles W., 1849-1931; Nibley, Charles Wilson; Nibley, Charles Wilson, 1849-1931; usage: Charles W. Nibley, C. W. Nibley)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Jan. 23, 2015 (born on February 5, 1849, in Hunterfield, Scotland, to parents James Nibley and Jean Wilson; 1855 his family immigrated to the United States to join the rest of the Latter-day Saints in Utah; lived in Rhode Island before moving to Utah in 1860;settled in Wellsville, Utah; Nibley; moved to Brigham City, Utah; worked for Morris Rosenbaum and became a partner in his store; met Rebecca Neibar, whom he married in 1869; also married two other wives: Julia Budge and Ellen Jane Ricks; 1879 to 1885 Nibley managed a lumber company for the Church; started the Oregon Lumber Company in 1889; successful businessman; eventually became a multimillionaire due to multiple investments and involvement in various industries including railroads, insurance, banking, politics, and agriculture. He was also prominent in Church leadership circles; 1907 he was called as the presiding bishop for the Church; 1925 he was released from this calling; given the calling to be Heber J. Grant’s second counselor in the First Presidency; role he held until his death in 1931; one of few men who served in the First Presidency without having been ordained to the office of apostle first; died on December 11, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah)

Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:

Cannon and Willis families papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2216
Overview Boxes 1 and 2 being mostly manuscript material and booklets (as well as a few photographs), and boxes 3-5 being diaries and a folder of photocopies from a scrapbook and an autobiography. Most the manuscript material is typescript in form, coming from various persons. Boxes 3, 4, and the first folder of 5 contain all 33 of Lucy Grant Cannon's diaries. Some of her diaries overlap, meaning she apparently kept, sometimes, two or even three diaries at the same time. Her last six diaries, black in...

Charles Wilson Nibley certificates

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 313
Scope and Contents Printed and signed certificates verifying that Charles Wilson Nibley was called to serve as a missionary for the Mormon Church. The items are dated 9 Oct. 1869 and 17 Oct. 1876. The items were signed by Brigham Young, George A. Smith, John Willard Young, and Daniel H. Wells.

Hugh Nibley papers about family, 1934-2006

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2721 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains poems, newspaper clippings, obituaries, articles, maps, letters, and other papers. Contents are by or about Hugh Nibley's family members including Alexander Neibaur, Charles W. Nibley, Martha Nibley Beck, and many others. Some items are also about religious topics. Materials date from 1934 to 2006.

C. W. Nibley papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1523
Scope and Contents Business correspondence with Nibley's son Alex, who was vice-president of the Nibley Investment Company; a collection of birthday letters of Nibley's grandchildren; and also letters written by him before and during his activities as a missionary for the Mormon Church.

C. W. Nibley papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1237
Scope and Contents Handwritten and typewritten correspondence, speeches, certificates, blessings, and legal papers. The materials relate to Nibley's church service and business activities.

In memoriam : Charles W. Nibley

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 228
Scope and Contents Handwritten "resolutions of respect" presented at the death of Charles W. Nibley, a Mormon Church leader and businessman. The tributes are from many Utah and Idaho businesses.

Orson F. Whitney correspondence with general authorities and other dignitaries, 1912-1930

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 15 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Materials include originals and transcriptions of correspondence between Orson F. Whitney and apostles David O. McKay, Heber M. Wells, John A. Widstoe, Horace G. Whitney, and Levi Edgar Young about matters relating to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dated 1882-1930.

Orson F. Whitney correspondence with Rudger Clawson and Charles W. Nibley, 1921-1922

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 23
Identifier: MSS 15 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Materials include a report from the European mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints written by Orson F. Whitney to President Rudger Clawson and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In another letter, to Presiding Bishop C. W. Nibley and his counselors, Whitney says that he is returning home from the European mission after being honorably released as president so that he can recover from health problems. There is also a letter to Aloysius Linatello, rector at the...

Reed Smoot diaries, 1880-1932

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1187 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains handwritten diaries documenting the life of Reed Smoot as kept by himself. Includes discussion of his home and family life, thoughts, and other daily events. Dated 1880-1932.

Reed Smoot financial papers, 1827-1940

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1187 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains financial records of Reed Smoot. Includes bank account books, information on the Smoot Investment Company, and banking records. Contains checks and statements from the Commercial Bank of American Fork and the First National Bank of Salt Lake City, as well as other companies. Also includes checks and receipts. Dated 1827-1940.