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Orson F. Whitney poem

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Identifier: MSS 6935

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This poem, written by Orson F. Whitney, was composed on April 22, 1885. The poem is two pages long and is titled "To Emily". Since Whitney's wife had borne him a daughter on 29 January 1885, it can be inferred that this poem was dedicated to his new daughter, Emily. Whitney wrote "To Emily" at the age of twenty-nine and cites, on the edge of the poem, that he was inspired to pen the words to paper because of a heartfelt experience that had given him the realization that he could find hope even in the darkest of times. The poem included in this file is a photocopy of the original and is in Whitney's hand.


  • 1885


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Orson F. Whitney poem must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Orson F. Whitney (1855-1931) was a writer, editor, and ecclesiastical leader in Utah.

Whitney was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Horace K. Whitney and Helen Mar Kimball. Whitney, an avid writer, academic, and historian, started his career at a young age by working for Deseret News. Whitney served a Latter-day Saint mission from 1881 to 1883 in England. A little over ten years later, from 1896 to 1897, he worked as the editor of the Millennial Star, the newspaper put out from the English mission field. Following his mission in 1883, Whitney married and achieved publication with several works, including a biography written about Heber C. Kimball, Whitney's maternal grandfather. Throughout his life, Whitney stayed involved in local politics and taught at Brigham Young College. In 1899, Whitney became the Assistant Church Historian for the Latter-day Saint Church. In 1906, Whitney was called to be a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles. He was ordained April 6, 1906 with George F. Richards and future Latter-day Saint president David O. McKay. Whitney served as an apostle until his death in 1931. He died due to health complications while inflicted with influenza. He was a month short of seventy-six years old at the time of his death.


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Poem written by Orson F. Whitney in 1885. The poem is addressed to Emily.

Custodial History note

Photocopy; Original document maintained by Lynn Pulsipher.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Lynn Pulsipher; 2009.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; 19th century poem written by a Latter-day Saint apostle.

Processing Information note

Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2009.

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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States