Oliver Cowdery legal documents
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.
- Cowdery, Oliver (Person)
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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.
Language of Materials
Purchased from Peter Crawley, 1975.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased; Peter Crawley; 1975.
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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- 2010 June 30
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.