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Church Committee letter to Governor William Owsley

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 740

Scope and Contents

Contains a photocopy and transcription of a 4-page letter from Brigham Young and others (on behalf of the Church Committee) to "His Excellency" Governor William Owsley of Illinois, petitioning for more time to prepare to leave Nauvoo, dated April 30, 1845.


  • 1845 April 30


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Biographical / Historical

Brigham Young was born on June 1, 1801, in Whitingham, Vermont. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832, and moved to Kirtland, Ohio. He followed the migration of the Church from Ohio to Missouri to Nauvoo, Illinois. In February 1846, he led the "Mormon exodus" to the West, and he became the second president of the Church on December 27, 1847. Arriving in Utah he settled in Salt Lake City, and in 1849 he became the governor of Utah Territory. Young passed away on August 29, 1877, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

The Church of Jesus Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (established 1830) is a restorationist Christian church with a world-wide membership. Originally established in Upstate New York by Joseph Smith, Jr., the church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the past, it was commonly abbreviated as the LDS Church or the Mormon Church.

During the 1820s, the church's founder, Joseph Smith, experienced visions and was led to the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. The Church was officially founded by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, in Palmyra, New York. The members of the religion faced a series of persecutions, and eventually fled to Utah for refuge beginning in 1847. The Church continued to grow and expand beyond Utah. It is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Presidents of the Church have included Joseph Smith Jr. (1832-1844), Brigham Young (1847-1877), John Taylor (1880-1887), Wilford Woodruff (1889-1898), Lorenzo Snow (1898-1901), Joseph F. Smith (1901-1918), Heber J. Grant (1918-1945), George Albert Smith (1945-1951), David O. McKay (1951-1970), Joseph Fielding Smith (1970-1972), Harold B. Lee (1972-1973), Spencer W. Kimball (1973-1985), Ezra Taft Benson (1985-1994), Howard W. Hunter (1994-1995), Gordon B. Hinckley (1995-2008), Thomas S. Monson (2008-2018), and Russell M. Nelson (2018- ).


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Custodial History

Materials were donated by Mary E. Winter of the Kentucky Historical Society Library, in January 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary E. Winter; January 1978.


History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (19th century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy, section III, 2020).

Processing Information

Processed; Amanda Crandall; August 2023.

Church Committee letter to Governor William Owsley
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Amanda Crandall
2023 August 23
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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