Little was born in Aurelius, New York, to James Little and Susan Young. His mother was a sister to Brigham Young. When Little was a young adult, his widowed mother became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. Little remained in New York until 1843, when he relocated to Nauvoo to be with his family members. When his family members followed Brigham Young to the Salt Lake Valley, Little remained in Illinois until 1850, when he set out for California via Salt Lake City. When he arrived in Salt Lake City, Little decided to remain there rather than carry on to California. In Salt Lake City, he became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
Little was a businessman in Utah Territory. He was elected the mayor of Salt Lake City for three consecutive terms (1876–78; 1878–80; 1880–82). He was elected as a member of the LDS Church-sponsored People's Party. On April 21, 1880, while mayor of Salt Lake City, Little was initiated as a member of the LDS Church's Council of Fifty.
In 1872, Little had been a missionary for the LDS Church in New York, where he visited and preached to some of his relatives.
- *Quinn, D. Michael (1980), "The Council of Fifty and Its Members, 1844 to 1945", BYU Studies 20 (2): 163–98.
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