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About Elias Smith

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Elias Smith (September 6, 1804 – June 24, 1888) was one of the early leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)..."

"...He was born in Royalton, Vermont, the son of Asael and Elizabeth Schellenger Smith. In 1809, his father emigrated to Stockholm, New York, where Elias was raised on a farm with few opportunities for schooling.."

"...Elias was thirty-one years of age when he joined the Mormon Church..."

"...In 1837 and 1838, Elias Smith taught school at Kirtland..."

"...Elias settled in Nashville, Illinois, four miles from Nauvoo. In the organization of the stake in Lee County, he was made a high counselor and subsequently ordained to act as bishop of the stake, a position he held until the stake was disbanded when he moved to Nauvoo..."

"...Elias Smith left Nauvoo with his family in May 1846, intending to go with the body of the church to the Rocky Mountains that year. However, he was unable to do so and moved to Iowaville, Iowa, where his mother died in October 1846 and his father in July 1848. In 1851, he emigrated to Utah and soon after was elected probate judge of Salt Lake County by the legislature..."

"...In addition to his judicial duties, Smith was business manager of the Deseret News under Willard Richards, and was postmaster of Salt Lake City from July 1854 to 1858. In 1856, he became editor of the Deseret News until September 1862, when he was succeeded by Albert Carrington. Afterwards, he confined himself almost exclusively to his judicial duties. In 1862, he was a member of the Utah Constitutional Convention, and one of the committee members who drafted a constitution for the state..."

"...Elias Smith was a bachelor until the age of forty-one. He married Lucy Brown at Nauvoo on August 6, 1845. She was born in England on January 4, 1820, joined the LDS Church in 1842, and arrived in Nauvoo in 1843. She was the mother of Elias A. Smith, who succeeded his father as judge in Salt Lake County. Elias Smith died at his home in Salt Lake City..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Elias Smith (Mormon)', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 16 February 2011, 18:59 UTC, <> [accessed 18 February 2011]

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Elias Smith's Timeline

September 8, 1804
Royalton, Windsor, Vermont, USA
August 27, 1835
Age 30
December 15, 1845
Age 41
October 28, 1850
Age 46
Salt Creek, Davis, Iowa
January 24, 1857
Age 52
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
March 31, 1857
Age 52
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
May 4, 1857
Age 52
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA