John P. Greene

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John Portineus Greene (September 3, 1793 – September 20, 1844) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement.

Greene was born in Herkimer, New York. He was a Methodist minister at Mendon, New York. He was friends with Heber C. Kimball and they claimed to witness "signs in the heavens" on September 22, 1827.[1] He later met Latter Day Saint missionary Samuel Harrison Smith, who sold Greene a copy of the Book of Mormon. Greene later joined the Latter Day Saint church in April 1832,[2] as did the family of his wife Rhoda, which included Brigham Young.[3][4]

Greene would serve a total of 11 missions for the church. In May 1834 Greene baptized three people while serving as a missionary in Villanova, Chautauqua County, New York.[5] He was the original president of the Eastern States Mission in May 1839.[6] He published a pamphlet about the 1838 expulsion of the Mormons from Missouri in 1839.[7]

Greene was the chief of police in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844. As such he supervised the destruction of the press of the Nauvoo Expositor. When Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum submitted to incarceration in Carthage, Greene was part of a group of men that accompanied them to the Carthage Jail.[8]


  1. ^ Mormon History Gazetteer for New York (1831–1839)
  2. ^ Biography of John Portineus Greene, The Joseph Smith Papers (accessed January 6, 2012)
  3. ^ "Lesson 11: 'The Field Is White Already to Harvest'", Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (Salt Lake City, Utah: LDS Church, 1999) pp. 58–62.
  4. ^ Saints Without Halos: A Mormon History Website
  5. ^ Mormon History Gazetteer for New York (1831–1839)
  6. ^ Deseret News Church Almanac, 2006 ed., p. 484).
  7. ^ John P. Greene Record of Persecution of Mormons in Missouri 1833–1838
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  • Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint Church History, pp. 445–46.