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Don Carlos Smith

Birthplace: Norwich, Windsor, Vermont, USA
Death: Died in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
Place of Burial: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Smith, Sr. and Lucy Smith
Husband of Agnes Moulton Smith
Father of Agnes C. Smith; Sophronia C. Smith and Ina Coolbrith
Brother of Alvin Smith; Smith; Hyrum Smith; Sophronia Smith; Joseph Smith Jr., Prophet and 5 others

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About Don Carlos Smith

Don Carlos Smith (March 25, 1816–August 7, 1841) was the youngest brother of Joseph Smith, Jr. and a leader, missionary, and periodical editor in the early days of the Latter Day Saint movement.

Smith was born in Norwich, Vermont, the seventh son of Joseph Smith, Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. As an adolescent, Smith was an early convert to the Church of Christ that was established by his brother Joseph in 1830. Don Carlos was baptized on June 9 of that year.

Smith was the first editor of the Nauvoo, Illinois-based Latter Day Saint newspaper Times and Seasons. He was also active as an early missionary of the Latter Day Saint church. Smith participated in the ceremony of the laying of the cornerstones of the Kirtland Temple, and he was a member of the temple's construction crew. As a printer and editor, Smith was involved in the printing of the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, several editions of the Book of Mormon, and also served as the publisher and editor for the short-lived periodical Elders' Journal.

On January 15, 1836, Smith was selected as the first president of the high priests quorum of the church, a position that is today referred to as a stake president. He represented the high priests of the church when the cornerstones were laid to the Nauvoo Temple in early 1841.

Smith died in Nauvoo, Illinois of malarial fever at the age of 25. He was survived by his wife Agnes Moulton Coolbrith, who later became a plural wife of Joseph Smith. Don Carlos was the father of Ina Coolbrith, who became the first poet laureate of California.

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Don Carlos Smith's Timeline

March 25, 1816
Norwich, Windsor, Vermont, USA
June 9, 1830
Age 14
June 9, 1830
Age 14
August 1, 1836
Age 20
Kirtland, Lake, OH
May 24, 1838
Age 22
New Portage, Hancock, IL
March 10, 1841
Age 24
Nauvoo, IL, USA
August 7, 1841
Age 25
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
April 11, 1877
Age 25