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A. O. Smoot letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3175

Scope and Contents

One letter written from the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office, from Abraham O. Smoot to Brigham Young. Smoot informs President Young that despite being nominated for Mayor of Salt Lake City, he prefers to decline. He had already served for 9 years in that capacity. Also, a letter from Margaret T. Smoot, one of Abraham O. Smoot's wives, to a person whose identity has not been determined. The letter is four pages long, with Margaret's signature following the first three pages. The last page looks like a new letter, and is addressed to Margaret, but the signature has faded. It looks as though the first three pages may be the conclusion to another letter as it does not contain a heading or greeting.


  • 1866-1872


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 A.O. Smoot letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Abraham O. Smoot was born 17 February 1815 in Owenton, Franklin County (later Owen County), Kentucky. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1835, when he was twenty years old, and led a group of Saints from the South to Far West, Missouri, in 1837. He later served as captain of the second company to enter the Salt Lake Valley, arriving in September of 1847. He served approximately nine different missions for the Church, acted as president of the Perpetual Emigrating Fund in 1852, and was appointed mayor of Salt Lake City in 1857. He was later asked by Brigham Young to move to Provo, Utah, to serve as Utah Stake President and Provo's bishop. Several days after arriving he was also elected as Provo's mayor and acted in that capacity from 1868 to 1880. Smoot dedicated much of his energy and financial means to helping sustain the Brigham Young Academy and some have called him its financial savior. Smoot had six wives, including Margaret Thompson McMeans Adkinson (1809-1884), and died in Provo on 6 March 1895.


2 items (0.08|flinear ft.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation; Fern Smoot Taylor; 1998.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


Available on-site as digital image.

Register of A. O. Smoot letters
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 15
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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