John Henry Smith
|John Henry Smith|
|Second Counselor in the First Presidency|
|April 7, 1911– October 13, 1911|
|Called by||Joseph F. Smith|
|Predecessor||Anthon H. Lund|
|Successor||Charles W. Penrose|
|Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|
|October 27, 1880– April 7, 1911|
|Called by||John Taylor|
|Predecessor||Francis M. Lyman|
|End reason||Called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency|
|LDS Church Apostle|
|October 27, 1880– October 13, 1911|
|Called by||John Taylor|
|Reason||Reorganization of First Presidency|
at end of term
|Charles W. Penrose added to First Presidency; James E. Talmage ordained|
|Born||John Henry Smith
September 18, 1848
Carbunca, Iowa, United States
|Died||October 13, 1911
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
|Cause of death||Pulmonary hemorrhage|
|Resting place||Salt Lake City Cemetery
Josephine G. Smith
|Parents||George A. Smith
Sarah Ann Libby
John Henry Smith (September 18, 1848 – October 13, 1911) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was a prominent politician in Utah and played an important role in the process whereby Utah made the transition from a territory to a state of the United States.
In October 1880, LDS Church president John Taylor called Smith to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. On October 27 of that year, he was ordained an apostle by Wilford Woodruff, who at that time was President of the Twelve. Smith served in that capacity until the death of First Presidency member John R. Winder in 1910; he was then asked by church president Joseph F. Smith to take Winder's place as a member of the First Presidency. John Henry Smith served in this capacity until his death the next year.
Smith was also a prominent Republican in Utah politics. In 1882, he was elected a member of the Utah Territorial Legislature. Smith was unanimously elected by the 107 delegates to be the Chair of the Utah Constitutional Convention that was held between March 4 and May 8, 1895. The result of the Convention was a draft Constitution for the proposed State of Utah, which was accepted by the United States Congress in 1896 when Utah officially became a state of the United States.
Marriage and family
Smith practiced plural marriage, and was the father of 19 children. One of his sons was George Albert Smith, who also became an LDS apostle and served as the 8th President of the Church. Smith and George Albert Smith are the only father and son pair to have been members of the Quorum of the Twelve at the same time, having served in the Quorum together between 1903 and 1910. Smith was also the father of Nicholas G. Smith.
Smith's first wife, Sarah Farr, was the daughter of Lorin Farr, who was mayor of Ogden, Utah. Smith's second wife, Josephine Groesbeck, spent 1888 until 1896 in exile in Manassa, Colorado, to avoid being called as a witness in a criminal unlawful cohabitation trial against Smith.
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- Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 1, p. 141.
- White, Jean Bickmore, ed. (1990), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books, ISBN 0-941214-85-0
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles|
Anthon H. Lund
|Second Counselor in the First Presidency
April 7, 1911 – October 13, 1911
Charles W. Penrose
Francis M. Lyman
|Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 27, 1880 – April 7, 1910