Newel K. Whitney
First Bishop of the Church
October 7, 1844
– June 6, 1847
End reason Called as
June 6, 1847
– September 23, 1850
Newel Kimball Whitney
February 5, 1795
Marlborough, Vermont, United States
September 23, 1850
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Resting place Kimball-Whitney Cemetery
40°46′22″N 111°53′22″W / 40.7728°N 111.8895°W
Newel Kimball Whitney (February 5, 1795 – September 24, 1850) (first name sometimes found as Newell) was a prominent leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and an American businessman. He served as Bishop of Kirtland, Ohio, Far West, Missouri, and Nauvoo, Illinois. He also served as the second Presiding Bishop of the Church from 1847 until his death. He died in 1850 of pleurisy.
Kirtland [ edit ]
The Newel K. Whitney Store in Kirtland, Ohio.
By 1827 Whitney had entered into a partnership with
Algernon Sidney Gilbert to run a store in Kirtland known as N.K. Whitney & Co. It would later become Mormonism's first " [1 ] bishop's storehouse." The building was also used by Church founder and president Joseph Smith, Jr. as a home and office. Smith received approximately 20 revelations in the store building and used one of its rooms as a meeting place of the School of the Prophets.
Nauvoo, Illinois, Whitney was involved in some important developments within the Church. One of these occurred on May 4, 1842 when Whitney, along with a group of nine others, met in the upper story of the Red Brick Store. Those who were there, including Whitney, became part of Joseph Smith's Quorum of the Anointed. Later, Whitney's wife, [2 ] Elizabeth Ann, was added to that group.
Another development was
polygamy. In 1842, after being taught the doctrine of polygamy, Whitney and his wife agreed to let their daughter, Sarah Ann, become a plural wife of Joseph Smith. [3 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Biography of Newel K. Whitney, The Joseph Smith Papers (accessed January 8, 2012
^ Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergera, Joseph Smith's Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1845: A Documentary History (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2005), 4.
^ Poulsen, Larry N (April 1966), "The Life and Contributions of Newel Kimball Whitney", Thesis, Brigham Young University: 85
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