Person:John Smith (17)

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John SMITH
b.22 SEP 1832 Kirtland, Geauga, OH
m. 2 NOV 1826
  1. Lovina SMITH1827 - 1876
  2. Mary SMITH1829 - 1832
  3. John SMITH1832 - 1911
  4. Hyrum SMITH1834 - 1841
  5. Jerusha SMITH1836 - 1912
  6. Sarah SMITH1837 - 1876
m. 25 DEC 1853
  1. Elizabeth Maria SMITH1854 - 1891
  2. Hyrum FISHER SMITH1856 - 1923
  3. Lucy SMITH1858 - 1938
  4. Don Carlos SMITH1861 - 1937
  5. Joseph SMITH1865 - 1912
  6. Alvin FISHER SMITH1867 - 1955
  7. Evaline SMITH1867 - 1878
  8. John David SMITH1870 - 1878
  9. Hellen Jerusha SMITH1872 - 1881
m. 18 FEB 1857
  1. John LEMMON SMITH1858 - 1867
Facts and Events
Name John SMITH
Gender Male
Birth? 22 SEP 1832 Kirtland, Geauga, OH
Marriage 25 DEC 1853 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UTto Hellen Maria FISHER
Marriage 18 FEB 1857 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UTto Nancy Melissa LEMMON
Death? 6 NOV 1911 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Burial? 12 NOV 1911 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Reference Number? Q6258357?


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John Smith (September 22, 1832 – November 6, 1911), was the fifth Presiding Patriarch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). His father was Hyrum Smith, the older brother of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism.

John was born in Kirtland, Ohio, to Hyrum Smith and his first wife, Jerusha Barden Smith, during the early days of the Latter Day Saint movement. He was among the first generation of children raised in the church. The office of Presiding Patriarch was initially created to honor Joseph Smith, Sr., the father of the religion's founder. Before his death in 1840, Joseph Smith, Sr. declared his eldest living son, Hyrum, would receive the office of patriarch by virtue of lineal succession. Hyrum at this time was one of the most influential members of the church and was widely seen as the most likely successor to its leadership should he outlive his brother. However, in 1844, both Hyrum and Joseph Smith were assassinated by a mob in Carthage, Illinois, in 1844.

This event left the church leaderless. By consensus, it was expected that the title of Presiding Patriarch would pass to Hyrum Smith's eldest son, John. However, because John Smith was only 11 years of age at the time of his father's death, the position was instead claimed by a younger brother of Joseph Smith, Jr., William, and later by the younger brother of Joseph, Sr., John Smith, who was known to the church as "Uncle John". Meanwhile, Hyrum's son John Smith traveled with the family of Heber C. Kimball to Winter Quarters, Nebraska. In 1848, John Smith, along with Kimball, reached the Salt Lake Valley to join Brigham Young, who had assumed leadership of the largest Latter Day Saint faction, the LDS Church.

In February 1855, the younger John Smith succeeded his great uncle, "Uncle John" Smith as Presiding Patriarch of the LDS Church, following the latter's death. He became the longest-serving Presiding Patriarch in LDS Church history, remaining in that position for 56 years, until his death from pneumonia in 1911 in Salt Lake City. Among his accomplishments during this time were a mission to Scandinavia, begun in 1862. Following his death, he was succeeded by his grandson, Hyrum G. Smith. Smith was buried in Salt Lake City.

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