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Taylor, John, 1808-1887



  • Existence: 1808 - 1887

Biographical History

John Taylor (1808-1887) was the third president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

John Taylor was born November 1, 1808 in Milnthorpe, England to James Taylor and Agnes Taylor. John immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1832, where he met and married Leonora Cannon on January 28, 1833. On May 9, 1836 he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Parley P. Pratt and 2 short years later joined the saints in Far West, Missouri. That year, on December 19, 1838 in Far West, John Taylor was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve by Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball. John served a proselytizing mission to the British Isles from 1839–1841 and then again from 1846–1847. He worked to translate the Book of Mormon into French and German. Following death of Brigham Young, he presided over the church from 1877 to 1887 and was ordained president of church on October 10, 1880. He served in that position until his death on July 25, 1887 in Kaysville, Utah Territory. He was buried in Salt Lake City.

Rasmussen, D.M. The illustrated story of President John Taylor, c1982 (1983 printing): p. 6, etc. (b. 11-1-1808; d. 7-25-1887; third president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1992: p.1648(Taylor, John b.Nov 1, 1808, Milnthorpe, England; d. July 25, 1887, Kaysville, Utah; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Oct. 10, 1880-July 25, 1887; made an Apostle Dec. 19, 1838; occupation: farmer) p.1438-1439 (migrates with parents from England to Canada in 1832; baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1836; moves to Far West, Missouri 1838; misison to British Isles 1839; Nauvoo City Councilman; Nauvoo Legion; newspaper editor of Times and Seasons (1842-1846) and the Nauvoo Neighbor (1843-1846); pioneer-arrived Salt Lake Valley 1847; Utah territorial legislature, 1853-1876; Probate judge Utah County, 1868-1870; Territorial superintendent of schools, 1876; preside over missionary work in Fance and Germany, 1849; author; founded Deseret Manufacturing Company while in Europe)

Joseph Smith Papers, via WWW, March 21, 2018 (1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887; Preacher, editor, publisher, politician; Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland, England; Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor; Migrated from England to Upper Canada, 1832; Married Leonora Cannon, 28 Jan. 1833, at York; Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, 9 May 1836; Moved to Kirtland Ohio; Moved to Far West, Missouri, 1838; Ordained member of Quorum of the Twelve by Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, 19 Dec. 1838, at Far West; Served mission to England, 1839–1841, 1846–1847; worked on translations of the Book of Mormon into French and German; Following death of Brigham Young, presided over church from 1877 to 1887; Ordained president of church, 10 Oct. 1880; Died at Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah Territory; Buried in Salt Lake City)

Found in 55 Collections and/or Records:

John Taylor letter

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2100
Scope and Contents

Handwritten letter addressed to Judge Elias Smith dated 14 March 1874 and signed by John Taylor. Taylor informs Smith of money owed him (Taylor) and others by the Caroline H. Debrowske estate.

Dates: 1874

John Taylor letter

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227632699]
Identifier: MSS 4238
Scope and Contents

John Taylor letter contains a photocopy of a letter, dated 29 Nov. 1886, from President John Taylor to Elder C. Williams, regarding publication of an article.

Dates: 1886 November 29

John Taylor letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227635437]
Identifier: MSS SC 1551
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of handwritten letters addressed to family members. The items tell about the planned marriage between Taylor's daughter, Ida, and John Whitaker. John Taylor gives some advice to his daughter on the forthcoming marriage. One letter is addressed to John Whitaker and expresses Taylor's opinion about him.

Dates: 1886-1887

John Taylor letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232491081]
Identifier: MSS 677
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of typed copies of letters sent by John Taylor to his wives and to such LDS Church leaders as Brigham Young and Wilford Woodruff. The materials deal largely with family and Church matters. Also included are photocopies of handwritten notes on Taylor's various wives.

Dates: 1839-1887

John Taylor letters

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233287090]
Identifier: Vault MSS 157
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letters addressed to John Taylor's wife, Margaret Young Taylor. John Taylor writes from hiding while dodging federal officials sent to arrest him on charges of polygamy. The items deal largely with personal matters.

Dates: 1886-1887

John Taylor patriarchal blessings

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233287074]
Identifier: Vault MSS 159
Scope and Contents

Handwritten father's blessings given by John Taylor to four of his children. Taylor assures them that they can achieve salvation by obedience to the Mormon faith.

Dates: 1864-1882

John Taylor revelations

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230335660]
Identifier: MSS 1266
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of typescripts of revelations allegedly given by John Taylor. The originals were reportedly "presented to Annie Taylor Hyde by her friend Emmar S. Woodruff 1907." The photocopies were made in 1967. Taylor gives revelations on appointments in the Mormon Church, on church government, and on the end of the world.

Dates: 1882-1883

John Taylor ticket to the dedication of the Logan Temple

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230340082]
Identifier: MSS 83

The folder contains a business card-sized handwritten item. The ticket states, "Admit the Bearer to the Dedication Services of the Logan Temple, May 17th, 1844. John Taylor."

Dates: 1844

Sarah Taylor autograph album

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233289229]
Identifier: Vault MSS 369
Scope and Contents

Autograph book which contains the signatures of many prominent Mormons with person remarks and poems addressed to Sarah Taylor.

Dates: 1884-1896

George Washington Thatcher letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230347897]
Identifier: MSS 1367
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, dated 3 Nov. 1885, and addressed to John Taylor, president of the Mormon Church. Thatcher requests funds for the completion of the Logan Tabernacle.

Dates: 1885