Charles Wilson Nibley

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Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Charles Wilson Nibley (5 February 1849 – 11 December 1931) was the fifth presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) between 1907 and 1925 and a member of the church's First Presidency from 1925 until his death...."

"...Nibley was born in Hunterfield, Midlothian, Scotland to James Nibley and Jean Wilson. In 1855, his family moved to the United States to join with the main body of Latter-day Saints. They spent some time living in Rhode Island. In 1860, they moved to the Utah Territory. The family was sent north to settle in Cache Valley, and eventually settled in Wellsville.

As an adult, Nibley moved to Brigham City, Utah, where he worked for Morris Rosenbaum (a Jewish convert to Mormonism) and later became a partner in the store where he worked. It was there he met Rebecca Neibar (who was the sister of one of Rosenbaum's wives) and was married in 1869. Following the Mormon practice of plural marriage he married Ellen Ricks in 1880 and Julia Budge in 1885..."

"...Nibley also became involved in railroads, insurance, banking, politics, and major agricultural endeavors, eventually becoming a multimillionaire. The sugar beet growing town of Nibley, Oregon was named for him. He was later instrumental in forming the Amalgamated Sugar Company and the Utah and Idaho Sugar Company (later known as U&I Sugar Co)..."

"...Nibley was called as the presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1907. It was during Nibley's term as presiding bishop that the LDS Church built the Hotel Utah. In 1925, he was released as presiding bishop and was asked to be second counselor to Heber J. Grant in the church's First Presidency. He is one of the few individuals to serve in the First Presidency without having been ordained to the priesthood office of apostle..."

"...Nibley died of pneumonia in Salt Lake City, Utah;[5] he was buried in Logan City Cemetery. Nibley, Utah is named after him..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Charles W. Nibley', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 27 March 2013, 19:28 UTC, <> [accessed 26 April 2013]

Counselor in the Firsr Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the age of fifty-eight, he became the fifth Presiding Bishop of the Church. He held that position for the next seventeen years. During his time The Church did away with tithing scrip, and he placed the church on a strict cash payment basis. He also was influential in getting the church to build Hotel Utah. Some seventeen years later, President Heber J. Grant called him to be his Second Counselor, which position he held until his death in 1931. Of interest is that he was not ordained an Apostle when called into the First Presidency, serving as a High Priest.

CHARLES WILSON NIBLEY Charles Wilson Nibley, now presiding bishop in charge of the temporal affairs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, was graduated to that position from a long and successful career of aggressive business enterprise which made itself felt throughout the whole Northwest. Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho have been his especial fields, and the lumber and sugar industries have benefited most by his energies, although his activities have by no means been confined to these branches of commercialism.

Mr. Nibley is by birth a Scotchman, and, although he came early to this country, yet his make up possesses many of those characteristics which have made the Scot a leader among pioneers in every land. Born near Edinburgh, Scotland, February 5th, 1849, Mr. Nibley came to America with his parents, James and Jean Nibley, when he was six years old. Five years later, in 1860, the family came to Utah, and at Wellsville, in Cache County, the elder Nibley resumed the life of farmer, which he had followed in Scotland. Three years later, when the boy was fourteen years old, he went to Brigham City to live, and in the year 1869 he went on a mission to the Eastern States. On his return thence he engaged in railroad work, and afterwards, following a trip to England, he started on his business career in Logan, about 1880.

His ability at once made him prominent in religious and social as well as business affairs in the Cache County seat. Soon he began to Seek wider fields for his energy, and about 1889 turned his attention to the Northwest, where, until he assumed his present position, he attained his greatest success. The prominent part he has taken in commercial and industrial progress is indicated by his prominence in organizing the Oregon Lumber Company. He is vice president of the Sumpter Valley Railroad, president of the Payette Valley Railroad, and founder of the La Grande Sugar Company. He is also president of the Lewiston Sugar Company, president of the Grande Ronde Lumber Company, and the San Vicento Lumber Company. In the development and colonization of the Grande Ronde and Payette valleys he has played a most important part.

He is known as a man of active and progressive business instincts, of irreproachable integrity, and of sound judgment. Withal, he is prominent in religious work, and also well liked socially. He is a member of and takes an active interest in the work of the Salt Lake Commercial Club.

Mr. Nibley was married in 1869, and has seventeen children. His home is at the corner of West Temple and North Temple Streets, facing Temple Square.

From: Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States 1847 - 1909 Utah Idaho Nevada Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake City, Utah 1909

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Charles Wilson Nibley's Timeline

February 5, 1849
Hunterfield, Midlothian, Scotland
October 7, 1860
Age 11
Age 10
March 30, 1869
Age 20
April 21, 1870
Age 21
Brigham City, Box Elder, UT
April 21, 1870
Age 21
Utah Territory, United States
April 7, 1872
Age 23
Brigham City, Box Elder, UT
April 7, 1872
Age 23
Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah Territory, United States
May 22, 1874
Age 25
Logan, Cache, UT