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Smith, George Albert, 1817-1875



  • Existence: 1817 - 1875

Biographical History

George Albert Smith (1817-1875) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and was the First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

George Albert Smith was born June 26, 1817 to John Smith and Clarissa Lyman in Potsdam, New York. He was raised a Congregationalist, but failed to believe in the sect. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on September 10, 1832 by Joseph Wakefield. In May 1833, he and his parents moved with the Saints to Kirtland, Ohio. A year later, Smith, at just 16 years old, accompanied a group of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a 2000-mile march to Missouri and back to Ohio. This trip, known as Zion's Camp, was intended to bring aid to suffering members of the Church in Missouri. During the summers of 1835 and 1837, Smith served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern United States, while going to school during the winters of those same years.

George Albert Smith was ordained an Apostle on April 26, 1839 at Far West, Missouri by Heber C. Kimball. After his cousin, Joseph Smith Jr.'s, death, George Albert Smith traveled with many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Salt Lake Valley. After arriving in Utah, Smith led a company establish a colony. They arrived at Centre Creek, 265 miles from Salt Lake City, on January 13, 1851. Under direction from the General Assembly of the State of Deseret, the group organized the political entity of Iron County and elected Smith as chief justice. Smith taught school during the first winter, and later served as a member of Utah's territorial legislature. In 1868, Smith was called as the First Counelor in the First Presidency under Brigham Young. The city of St. George, Utah, is named after him because of his colonizing efforts in Southern Utah. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant General in the territorial militia and was elected territorial senator. George Albert Smith died September 1, 1875 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

His The rise, progress, and travels of the Church of Jesus Christ ... 1873.

Pusey, M. J. Builders of the kingdom, George A. Smith, John Henry Smith, George Albert Smith, 1981: t.p. (George A. Smith)

UPB files, Sept. 26, 2016 (George Albert Smith)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Sept. 26, 2016 (b. June 26, 1817, Potsdam, NY; parents: John Smith, Clarissa Lyman; Congregationalist; moved to Kirtland, Ohio, 1833; Zion's Camp exp. 1834; miss. U.S. 1835-1837; edu. 1835-1837; apostle, 1839; move to S.L. Valley; Centre Creek, 1851; Iron County, c. justice; teacher, legislature; First Counselor, 1868; St. George name; Leiutenant General terr. militia; terr. senator; d. Sept. 1, 1875, SLC, UT)

Grampa Bill's General Authority Pages, via WWW, Sept. 26, 2016 (bapt. Sept. 10, 1832, by Joseph Wakefield)

Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:

George A. Smith letters and invoices

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230350347]
Identifier: MSS 4159

A signed letter from George A. Smith of Salt Lake City, 1964, and a check and expense bill, dated 1873.

Dates: Other: 1964; Other: 1873

Retrospective diary of George Albert Smith

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230237080]
Identifier: MSS SC 270
Scope and Contents

Typewritten retrospective history of the march of Zion's Camp written from notes and memory in 1857.

Dates: 1834

George Albert Smith diary and correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 432

Photocopies of a typescript of a diary by Smith with miscellaneous correspondence. Also included are an autobiography and a diary by Lucy Meserve Smith, a wife of George A. Smith, and the autobiography of another of Smith's wives, Hannah Mariah L. Smith. Writings of George A. Smith's granddaughter, Zora Smith Jarvis, are also included in the collection.

Dates: 1834-1953

George Albert Smith letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230348150]
Identifier: MSS 1365
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, addressed to "Eliza," composed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and dated 19 Dec. 1868. Smith expresses grief over the death of a child in Eliza's family.

Dates: 1868 December 19

George Albert Smith letter

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2079
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter addressed to the secretary of the "Council Chamber." Smith asks about how many copies of various printed items the secretary is willing to pay for.

Dates: 1858

George Albert Smith letter

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2012
Scope and Contents

One handwritten letter. The item is addressed to Orson Pratt (1811-1881), Mormon apostle and Utah politician, and is about the potential incorporation of the city of Corinne, Utah.

Dates: 1870

George Albert Smith letter

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1947
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter addressed to Orson Pratt (1811-1881). Smith states that "An act to amend an act amendatory and supplementary to the Charter of St. George City Approved Feb. 21 1868" had been passed by the legislature of Utah Territory.

Dates: 1870

George Albert Smith letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2037
Scope and Contents

Handwritten letters. The items contain letters to John L. Smith (1828-1898), George Albert's brother, and deal with Smith family matters and various topics relating to the Mormon Church.

Dates: 1854-1875

George Albert Smith minutes

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233292835]
Identifier: Vault MSS 722
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed minutes dated 24 June 1849. The document is of a meeting of the Company of "Saints" en-route to Salt Lake City, and discusses company appointments.

Dates: 1849 June 24

George Albert Smith mortgage agreement

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2250
Scope and Contents

Handwritten mortgage agreement of George A Smith (1817-1875) for property in Salt Lake City, Utah. The item was signed by Thomas Bullock (1816-1885), the recorder for Salt Lake City.

Dates: 1857