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Smith, Joseph F. (Joseph Fielding), 1838-1918



  • Existence: 1838 - 1918


Joseph F. Smith (1838-1918) was the sixth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving between 1901 and 1918.

Joseph Fielding Smith was born November 13, 1838, to Hyrum and Mary Fielding Smith. He migrated to Utah with his mother after his father was martyred. In 1865, he served in the territorial legislature. Joseph served as the 6th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1901 to 1918. He died November 19, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

His From prophet to son, 1981: t.p. (Joseph F. Smith), via WWW, Feb. 13, 2006 (Joseph F. Smith; b. November 13, 1838, in Far West Missouri; d. Nov. 19, 1918, in Salt Lake City; served as 6th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1901 to 1918)

UPB files, Feb. 13, 2006 (hdg.: Smith, Joseph Fielding, 1838-1918; usage: Joseph F. Smith) Church History (Joseph F. Smith; b. 13 Nov 1838 to Hyrum and Mary Fielding Smith; migrated to Utah; served in territorial legislature; served as President of LDS Church; d. 19 Nov 1918)

Found in 95 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph F. Smith letter

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1139
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Handwritten letter dated April 7, 1904 and addressed to Harvey H. Cluff. Smith regrets not answering Cluff's letters earlier. He mentions how he felt after the second day of his examination before a U.S. Congressional committee investigating the Mormon Church. The hearings related to the question of whether or not to seat Senator Reed Smoot of Utah.

Dates: 1904 April 7

Joseph F. Smith letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230332535]
Identifier: MSS SC 3146
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Letter to Berg and Son. concerning burial preparation for Sarah D. Muir.

Dates: 1906

Joseph F. Smith letter and affidavit

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2489
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter dated 7 Oct. 1889. The item was addressed to Samuel Russel. Smith had asked Russell to take charge of the sawmill connected with the Hawaiian colony in Skull Valley, Utah and expresses regret that Russell turned him down. Smith said, "I had no special manifestations of the Spirit about it." Also included is a typewritten affidavit dated 6 June 1906 and signed by Smith stating that he "had been duly elected to the office of President and Director of the...
Dates: 1906 June 6; 1889 October 7

Joseph F. Smith letter to Frank S. Bellings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 942
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Letter to Frank S. Bellings of 17 Feb. 1905 discussing the marriage customs and sexual practices of Mormons, especially referring to the basic principles of celestial or polygamous marriage. Bellings was doing research for a book on ethics and morality. Apparently, his research was never published in book form.

Dates: 1905

Joseph F. Smith letter to James E. Steele

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232534724]
Identifier: MSS 7678
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Contains a letter to James E. Steele from Joseph F. Smith, dated March 3, 1902. The letter addresses the United States Congress banning polygamy within the United States and the effect that it would have on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The letter asks that James E. Steele, as the Stake President of the Bingham Idaho Stake, find out the number of polygamous families living within his stake in 1902.

Dates: 1902 March 3

Joseph F. Smith letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2497
Scope and Contents Handwritten and typewritten letters dated 6 May 1881 and 17 Dec. 1914. The handwritten item is addressed to Charles Coulson Rich of Paris, Idaho. Smith tells Rich about the activities of John Taylor, third president of the Mormon Church, and about financial matters. The typewritten item is addressed to Francis W. Kirkham who is called to be the president of the New Zealand Mission for the Mormon Church. This letter is signed by Smith and the other two members of the First Presidency of the...
Dates: 1914 December 17; 1881 May 6

Joseph F. Smith letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230332477]
Identifier: MSS SC 3275
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Contains photocopies of letters written by Joseph F. Smith to his sister, Martha Ann, between 1855 and 1897.

Dates: 1855-1897

Joseph F. Smith letters

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197225563102]
Identifier: MSS 2056

Letters written by Joseph F. Smith to his wife Mary Taylor, 1884-1918.

Dates: 1884-1918

Joseph F. Smith receipt

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233287470]
Identifier: Vault MSS 219
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed receipt dated 15 June 1878 for money received from John W. Young for the emigration of Allen Wakeling.

Dates: 1878 June 15

Joseph F. Smith speech

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230326586]
Identifier: MSS SC 2853
Scope and Contents

Typed copy of a speech given by Smith on 20 Dec. 1914 at Brigham City, Utah. Smith speaks about the immaculate conception of Jesus Christ. Smith states that Mary was the physical mother of Jesus and that God was the physical father.

Dates: 1914