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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:

James G. Bleak diaries and letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1691
Scope and Contents Photocopies of handwritten diaries and correspondence. Bleak's diaries cover the years 1864, 1869-1895 with a gap for parts of 1885 and for 1886. Bleak writes about his daily activities in St. George and in Santa Clara, Utah, about his activities while serving on the Southern Indian Mission, about his callings for the Mormon Church, and about his relationships with various leaders of the Mormon Church including Brigham Young (1801-1877), Jacob Hamblin (1819-1886), Erastus Snow (1818-1886),...
Dates: 1829-1918

Book B, 1855 February-December

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197225560785], Folder: 2
Identifier: MSS 3905 Item 2
Scope and Contents

Includes deeds of consecration to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Includes a consecration deed that belonged to Apostle George A. Smith. Recorded by Lucius N. Scovil, county recorder, and Isaac Higbee, probate judge. Dated February-December 1855.

Dates: 1855 February-December

C. W. Carter photographs and negatives of early Utah

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 133
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs and negatives with images of Salt Lake City, Utah, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other Utah residents.

Dates: approximately 1860-1899

Charles Wilson Nibley certificates

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233288437]
Identifier: Vault MSS 313
Scope and Contents

Printed and signed certificates verifying that Charles Wilson Nibley was called to serve as a missionary for the Mormon Church. The items are dated 9 Oct. 1869 and 17 Oct. 1876. The items were signed by Brigham Young, George A. Smith, John Willard Young, and Daniel H. Wells.

Dates: 1869-1876

William Horne Dame certificates and letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230340405]
Identifier: MSS 110

The folder contains microfilmed copies of a certificate of membership in the Utah territorial legislature, a certificate verifying that Dame was an elder in the Mormon Church, and a letter, dated 12 August 1858, of an "investigating committee" of prominent Mormons (including the apostle, George Albert Smith) stating that complaints against Dame were without foundation. The nature of these complaints was not stated.

Dates: 1856-1858

Faculty data sheets

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5030
Scope and Contents

The six volumes contain faculty and graduate faculty data sheets dated April 1966. Data includes academic institutions attended, publications, memberships and activities in professional organizations.

Dates: 1966 April

First Presidency circular

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230340256]
Identifier: MSS 101

The folder contains a printed circular addressed "To the Bishop and the Board of the United Order in Your Ward." The item requests that food and tools be sent to St. George, Utah to assist in the construction of the Mormon temple there. The item was endorsed by Brigham Young, George A. Smith, and Daniel H. Wells.

Dates: 1874

Jacob Gates papers

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239236166]
Identifier: MSS 8904
Scope and Contents Collection contains materials pertaining to a lawsuit regarding Jacob Gates's father, Thomas', previously-owned property in Salt Lake City, Utah. It includes letters between George A. Smith, a representative of the Mormon Church and Jacob Gates. The correspondence describes the dispute surrounding the Church's attempt to purchase Thomas Gates's property without the permission of the Gates family. Much of the content is a description of property laws and a progression of the law suit...
Dates: 1872

George A. Smith letter to John Smith, 1864 January 28

 File — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2 [Barcode: 31197232548872], Folder: 31
Identifier: Vault MSS 803 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Letter from George A. Smith to John Smith while the latter was serving a mission in Denmark. Regarding events in Utah in John's absence. Dated January 28, 1864.

Dates: 1864 January 28

Ansil Perse Harmon letter of introduction

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233284949]
Identifier: Vault MSS 122
Scope and Contents

Printed and signed letter of introduction for Ansil P. Harmon who was going on a mission for the Mormon Church.

Dates: 1874