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Wilford Woodruff, Sr

Also Known As: "The President"
Birthplace: Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Woodruff (Thompson)
Husband of Phebe Whittemore Woodruff; Mary Woodruff; Sarah Woodruff; Emma Woodruff; Sarah Delight Woodruff and 1 other
Ex-husband of Mary Caroline Curtis; Sarah Elinore Lamb; Mary Ann Woodruff (Jackson); Clarissa Harriman Henrietta Winter and Eudora Lovina Young
Father of Sarah Emma Woodruff; Wilford Woodruff, Jr; Phoebe Amelia Snow; Susan Cornelia Woodruff; Joseph Carter Woodruff and 30 others
Brother of Azmon Woodruff and Ozem Thompson Woodruff

Occupation: LDS Church President
Managed by: Brandt Joseph Gibson
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About Wilford Woodruff, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Wilford Woodruff, Sr. (March 1, 1807 – September 2, 1898) was the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1889 until his death. Woodruff's large collection of diaries provide an important record of Latter Day Saint history.

"...Woodruff was one of nine children born to Aphek Woodruff, a miller working in Farmington, Connecticut. Wilford's mother Beulah died of "spotted fever" in 1808 at the age of 26, when Wilford was just fifteen months old. As a young man, Wilford worked at a sawmill and a flour mill owned by his father..."

"...Woodruff issued the 1890 Manifesto which ended the church's official support of plural marriage in the territory of the United States and directed Latter-day Saints to only enter into marriages that are recognized by the laws in the areas in which they reside..."

"...Like many early Latter Day Saints, Woodruff practiced plural marriage. He was married to five (possibly six) women; however, not all of these marriages were concurrent. His wives were:

  • Phoebe Whittemore Carter, m. 13 April 1837
  • Mary Ann Jackson, m. 15 April 1846 (later divorced)
  • Emma Smoot Smith (1838-1911), m. 13 March 1853
  • Sarah Brown (1834-1909), m. 13 March 1853
  • Sarah Delight Stocking (1838-1907), m. 1857[2]

Woodruff's wives bore him a total of thirty-three children, with thirteen preceding him in death..."

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilford_Woodruff





Wilford Woodruff


A member of the Mormon advance party that reached the Valley of the Great Salt Lake in 1847, Wilford Woodruff had joined the church in 1832 at its original settlement in Kirtland, Ohio. Made an Apostle of the Church in 1839, when the Mormons had re-settled at Nauvoo, Illinois, Woodruff traveled widely throughout the United States as a missionary for the faith and made two successful missionary trips to England in the early 1840's. In Utah, he was a community leader whose journal of those early days has become a key document in the history of the church.

Woodruff was appointed the official church historian in 1875, president of the Twelve Apostles of the Church in 1880, and succeeded to the church presidency in 1889. In 1890 he issued the "Manifesto" that brought the Mormon practice of plural marriage, or polygamy, to an end, and it was under his leadership that the church began its withdrawal from domination of social, political and economic life in Utah.

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Wilford Woodruff, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints's Timeline

March 1, 1807
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
December 31, 1833
Age 26
July 14, 1838
Age 31
Scarboro, Cumberland, Maine, USA
March 22, 1840
Age 33
Montrose, Lee, Iowa, USA
March 4, 1842
Age 35
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
July 25, 1843
Age 36
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
July 18, 1845
Age 38
Liverpool, Lancashire, England