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Oliver Cowdery legal documents

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 355

Scope and Contents

Two signed documents, one a stipulation in an estate settlement and the other a petition for divorce, from Walworth County, Wisconsin. Cowdery acted as attorney in both cases.

Dates

  • 1847

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Oliver Cowdry legal documents must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Oliver Cowdery (1806-1850) was a Mormon ecclesiastical leader, lawyer, and newspaper editor.

Oliver Cowdery was born October 3, 1806 in Wells, Vermont to William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. He took a position as a school teacher in Manchester, New York in 1829, where he met Joseph Smith. Later that year he helped with the translation the Book of Mormon in his role as scribe. He married Elizabeth Ann Whitmer (1815-1892) on December 18, 1832, and they had seven children. Cowdery was later excommunicated from the Church in 1838, and moved to Tiffin, Ohio where he practiced law and edited the local Democratic newspaper. However, in 1848 he returned to the Church and was rebaptized at Kanesville, Iowa on November 12th. Cowdery died on March 3, 1850 in Richmond, Missouri.

Extent

2 items

Language

English

Custodial History

Purchased from Peter Crawley, 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Peter Crawley; 1975.

Appraisal

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Title
Register of Oliver Cowdery legal documents
Status
In Progress
Author
Elisa Visick
Date
2010 June 30
Description rules
Appm
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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