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John L. Smith personal papers, church papers, and published articles, 1792-1950

Identifier: MSS 680

Scope and Contents

Contains blessings, legal documents, articles, letters, and other family papers, dated 1792 to 1950.


  • 1792-1950

Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Photocopies available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John L. Smith papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection: John Lyman Smith (1828-1898) was an American politician, and an early pioneer and missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

John Lyman Smith was born November 17, 1828, in Potsdam, New York, to parents Clarissa Lyman and John Smith. His father was the brother of Joseph Smith Sr., making John Lyman Smith the cousin of the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Joseph Smith (1805-1844). John Lyman Smith joined the migration of the early saints as he moved with his family to Kirtland, Ohio; Missouri; Nauvoo, Illinois; and later, to the Great Salt Lake Valley with the Daniel Spencer/ Perrigrine Sessions Company. John Lyman Smith married Augusta Bowen Cleaveland on July 9, 1845, in Nauvoo, Illinois, with whom he would have eight children.

In 1851, he was asked to help settle Parowan, Utah, and he went on to serve as a member of the Utah Territory's Legislative Assembly's House of Representatives for Iron County, Utah, 1852-1852, and for Great Salt Lake County, Utah, 1853-1855. John Lyman Smith also served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Switzerland and Italy. In his lifetime, he served as a guard and policeman, helped facilitate immigration to Salt Lake City, Utah, and engaged in a variety of other trades. He also held numerous church callings, including patriarch and mission president. John Lyman Smith passed away on February 21, 1898, in St. George, Utah.


From the Collection: 5 boxes (2.25 linear ft.)