John Wickersham Woolley

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About John Wickersham Woolley

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...John Wickersham Woolley (December 30, 1831 – December 1928) was an American Latter Day Saint and one of the founders of the Mormon fundamentalism movement..."

"...Woolley was born to Edwin D. and Mary W. Woolley, the first of Edwin's seven wives, in Newlin, Columbia, Pennsylvania. Edwin Woolley was originally a Quaker farmer, but converted to Mormonism in 1837. The Woolley family emigrated to Utah Territory with the Mormon pioneers in the late 1840s. Edwin would later become Brigham Young's business manager, as well as one of his closest friends, and a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1853 to 1881..."

"...Woolley was married and sealed to his first wife, Julia E. Sirls, in March 1851...He went on later to marry Ann Everington in 1886. In 1910, the widowed Woolley married Annie Fisher, with Joseph F. Smith performing the civil ceremony..."

"...Woolley is perhaps best known as the father of Mormon fundamentalism and amongst most fundamentalists is considered an apostle, prophet, and president of the priesthood..."

"...In 1890, LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff issued what has become known as The Manifesto, officially calling for an end to the practice of plural marriage by church members in the United States. Because certain members (Woolley among them) did not take The Manifesto seriously, in 1904 another proclamation, sometimes called the Second Manifesto, was put forth by church president Joseph F. Smith, which stated that those who did not cease the continuation of the practice would be excommunicated from the church. Woolley did not comply and was excommunicated from the church on March 30, 1914..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'John W. Woolley', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 29 August 2011, 19:08 UTC, <> [accessed 24 November 2011]

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John Wickersham Woolley's Timeline

December 30, 1831
Newlin Township, Chester, Pennsylvania
October 1, 1840
Age 8
December 27, 1851
Age 19
January 1, 1852
Age 20
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
June 11, 1854
Age 22
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
October 23, 1856
Age 24
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
April 18, 1859
Age 27
Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States
January 31, 1862
Age 30
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
February 12, 1868
Age 36
Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States