Moses Thatcher, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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About Moses Thatcher, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Moses Thatcher (2 February 1842 – 21 August 1909) was an apostle and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was one of only a few members of the Quorum of the Twelve to be dropped from the Quorum but to remain in good standing in the church and retain the priesthood office of apostle..."

"...Moses' parents were Hezekiah and Alena Kitchen Thatcher. Moses was born in Sangamon County, Illinois. The Thatcher family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1843, and moved to Macedonia, Illinois and later to Nauvoo. Together with the main body of the church, they began their trek westward in 1846 and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in September 1847..."

"...Hezekiah and Alena, with seven of their eight living children (including Moses), departed for California in 1849, seeking to acquire wealth by taking advantage of the Gold Rush, but they returned to Utah in 1857. Moses, although only fifteen years of age, was called to serve a mission for the church, from which he returned in 1858. In 1859, the family settled in Cache Valley, where Moses helped Hezekiah locate canal and mill sites..."

"...From 1860 to 1861 Moses studied at the University of Deseret. From 1866 to 1868 he served a second mission, this one to the United Kingdom and France. He later served as the church's first mission president in Mexico..."

Moses Thatcher was called to be an apostle and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in April 1879. He was called to replace Orson Hyde, who died on November 28, 1878..."

"...At the April 1896 General Conference of the church, Thatcher was dropped from the Quorum of the Twelve in consequence of his not being "in harmony" with the other leaders of the church in regards to a proposed policy..."

"...However, Thatcher was not excommunicated from the church and held the priesthood office of Apostle until his death. Thatcher remained supportive of the church after being removed from the Quorum, testifying on many occasions of the divinity of the work and the divinity of the calling of its leaders. Matthias F. Cowley was called to replace Thatcher in the Quorum of the Twelve..."

"...Thatcher died at his home on August 21, 1909 in Logan, Utah. He is buried in the Logan, Utah Cemetery..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Moses Thatcher', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 14 December 2011, 04:21 UTC, <> [accessed 7 January 2012]

Moses Thatcher was born February 2, 1842, in Springfield, Sangamon county, Illinois, the son of Hezekiah Thatcher and Alley Kitchen Thacher. He became an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is considered one of the greatest orators of the Church. He was nly four years old when he made the great trek from Nauvoo to the Rocky Mountains. He practiced plural marriage and opened the Mexico Mission to which he devoted seventeen years of his life, he made twenty-three trips to Mexico and back covering a quarter of a million miles. Later getting involved in politics, as was other fellow General-Authorities of the Church, the First Presidency presented a "Political Manifesto," requesting all General Authorities to seek permission from the First Presidency and remaining Quorum of the Twelve to get involved in politics which would interfere with Apostolic duties. Elder Thatcher refused to sign the Manifesto, being openly opposed to the issue, and continued further to invest his energies into his political career. As a result, he was dropped from his position as an Apostle, but continued as an active member of the Church.



Hezekiah Thatcher (1808 - 1879)


Alley Kitchen Thatcher (1808 - 1889)



Lydia Ann Clayton Thatcher (1852 - 1909)


Lettie Jane Farr Thatcher (1845 - 1921)


Georgiana Snow Thatcher (1862 - 1929)



Emma Thatcher Jeppesen (1865 - 1948)


Joseph Wycoff Thatcher (1829 - 1881)


Catherine Mary Thatcher Holden (1831 - 1856)


John B. Thatcher (1834 - 1917)


Aaron Dunham Thatcher (1837 - 1909)


George Washington Thatcher (1840 - 1902)


Moses Thatcher (1842 - 1909)


Hezekiah Thatcher (1847 - 1847)


Evangeline Thatcher (1870 - 1870)


Ada Thatcher (1870 - 1870)


Samuel B. Thatcher (1872 - 1941)


Wilford Woodruff Thatcher (1874 - 1875)


Orson Pratt Thatcher (1876 - 1968)

Created by: Chad Stowell

Record added: Mar 28, 2002

NOTE: He had a total of 14 children with his three wives.

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Moses Thatcher, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints's Timeline

February 2, 1842
Near Springfield, Sangamon, IL
December 29, 1856
Age 14
February 11, 1858
Age 16
May 5, 1863
May 2, 1865
May 18, 1869
July 11, 1871
July 25, 1874
September 24, 1877