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Alonzo H. Raleigh autobiography and letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3172

Scope and Contents

Collection includes the typescript of an autobiography of Alonzo (6 p.). Also, typescript of a letter written by Alonzo on 29 October 1843 from Nauvoo, Illinois, to his father-in-law, John Taber (or Tabor), in Alfred, Maine. The two-page letter details the recent death of Alonzo's wife and Taber/Tabor's daughter, Mary Ann Taber/Tabor (b. 16 April 1822 in North Brewer, York, Maine).


  • 1843-1896


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Alonzo H. Raleigh autobiography and letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Alonzo Hazelton Raleigh was born in Francistown, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, on 7 November 1818 and trained as a mason in Boston and New York. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1842, married Mary Ann Taber/Tabor on 17 August 1842, and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, in the spring of 1843, where he did brick work for many buildings, including the Nauvoo House. He was a member of the Nauvoo Legion, immigrated west with the Saints, served as president of the Deseret Dramatic Association from 1851 to about 1853, and acted as bishop of the 19th Ward of Salt Lake City from 1856 to an undetermined time. He served as alderman of the 3rd Municipal Ward of Salt Lake City from 1854 to about 1882, and was mayor pro-tem for Abraham O. Smoot from May to September of 1857. He also served a mission to the New England States from October 1869 to April 1870, assisted in building the St. George temple, headed a regiment that guarded Echo Canyon during the 1857-1858 Utah War, was ordained a patriarch by Wilford Woodruff and Franklin D. Richards on 25 January 1883, sat in on the constitutional convention to form a state government for Utah in 1896, and died 13 May 1901 in Salt Lake City.


2 items (0.08 linear ft.)

Custodial History

It is unknown how the donor acquired the materials. He is the great-great-grandson of Alonzo Raleigh, descended through Alonzo's sixth wife, Julia Curtis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Martin Gunnell; 2005.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Alonzo H. Raleigh autobiography and letter
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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