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Lorenzo Snow, Sr.

Birthplace: Mantua, Portage, Ohio, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Place of Burial: Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Oliver Snow III and Rosetta Lenora Snow (Pettibone)
Husband of Charlotte Snow (Squires); Mary Adaline Snow; Sarah Ann SnowKeep; Harriet Amelia Snow (Squires); Eleanor Snow and 4 others
Father of Leonora Charlotte Snow; Roxey Armatha Box (Snow); Rosetta Adeline Loveland; Isadore Percy Snow; Eliza Sarah Snow and 38 others
Brother of Abigail Leonora Morley; Eliza Roxcy Smith Young; Amanda Percy Snow; Melissa Smith (Snow); Lucius Agustus Snow and 2 others

Occupation: LDS Fifth Church President, colonizer, missionary, educator, legislator, cultural arts enthusiast
Managed by: Paul Douglas Van Dillen
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About Lorenzo Snow, President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Lorenzo Snow (April 3, 1814 – October 10, 1901) was the fifth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1898 to his death. Snow was the last president of the LDS Church in the nineteenth century...."

"...Snow was the fifth child and first son of Oliver Snow and Rosetta Pettibone, residents of Mantua Township, Ohio, who had left New England to settle on a new and fertile farm in the Connecticut Western Reserve...."

"...By 1835, Lorenzo's mother and his older sister Eliza Roxcy Snow, had joined the Latter Day Saint church..."

"...Shortly after he arrived in Nauvoo, Snow was again called to serve an active mission, this time to England.

Snow arrived home on April 12, 1843, bringing with him a shipload of 250 British converts..."

"...Before leaving Nauvoo, Snow accepted the principle of plural marriage and took four wives: Charlotte Squires (age 20), Mary Adaline Goddard (age 32), Sarah Ann Prichard (age 18), and Harriet Amelia Squires (age 26). Snow would later take several more wives: Eleanor Houtz (age 14), Mary Elizabeth Houtz (younger sister of Eleanor), Caroline Horton (age 29), Sarah Minnie Ephamina (age 16). Snow also wed the 17-year-old Pheobe Woodruff, the daughter of Wilford Woodruff. Snow fathered the child Rhea Lucile Snow at the age of 83 while serving as president of the LDS Church..."

"...In 1849 Snow was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles..."

"...In 1864, Snow was sent on a mission to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)..."

"...[He was] President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles (1889–1898)..."

"...The first notable action of Lorenzo Snow as president of the church was that he organized the First Presidency almost immediately after Wilford Woodruff's death, instead of waiting years as his predecessors had.

As he began his tenure as president, Snow had to deal with the aftermath of legal battles with the United States over the practice of plural marriage. Men engaging in plural marriage were still being arrested and confined in Utah Territory. Some members of the LDS Church did not accept the 1890 Manifesto put forth by Wilford Woodruff, and there was a strong division of opinion on plural marriage even in the priesthood hierarchy of the church..."

Snow died of pneumonia in Salt Lake City, Utah and was succeeded in the church presidency by Joseph F. Smith..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Lorenzo Snow', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 January 2011, 20:11 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lorenzo_Snow&oldid=405549322> [accessed 27 January 2011]

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Brigham Young Company (1848) Age 34

Departure: 5 June 1848 Arrival: 20-24 September 1848

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Birth: Apr. 3, 1814 Mantua (Portage County) Portage County Ohio, USA

Death: Oct. 10, 1901 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA

Fifth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Probably his most notable characteristic was his revelation of the restoration of the law of tithing in the Church. (bio by: Chad Stowell)

Family links:

  • Mary Adaline Goddard Snow (1812 - 1899) [1845]
  • Mary Elizabeth Houtz Snow (1840 - 1906)*
  • Phoebe Amelia Woodruff Snow (1842 - 1919)*
  • Charlotte Squires Snow (1825 - 1850)*
  • Sarah Ephramina Jensen Snow (1855 - 1908)*
  • Rosetta Adaline Snow Loveland (1846 - 1933)*
  • Lydia M. Snow Peirce (1860 - 1898)*
  • Leslie Wilford Woodruff Snow (1862 - 1935)*
  • Mansfield Lorenzo Snow (1866 - 1923)*
  • Milton Woodruff Snow (1868 - 1943)*
  • Chauncey Edgar Snow (1870 - 1940)*
  • Florence Snow Critchlow (1870 - 1964)*
  • Rhea Lucile Snow Tracy (1896 - 1976)*

Burial: Brigham City Cemetery Brigham City Box Elder County Utah, USA Plot: B-16-58-5

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Lorenzo Snow, President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints's Timeline

April 3, 1814
Mantua, Portage, Ohio, USA
June 1836
Age 22
Kirtland, OH, USA
December 19, 1845
Age 31
November 7, 1846
Age 32
Jones Twp, Union, Iowa, USA
January 23, 1847
Age 32