Benjamin Winchester

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Benjamin Winchester (August 6, 1817 – January 25, 1901) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement. Winchester was the youngest adult member of Zion's Camp, an original member of the first Quorum of the Seventy, editor of the first independent Mormon periodical, the Gospel Reflector, president of a large branch of the church in Philadelphia, a zealous missionary who baptized thousands, a Rigdonite Apostle, and ultimately a dissenter who repudiated Mormonism altogether.

The Gospel Reflector was published in Philadelphia, twice a month, between January 1, 1841, and June 15, 1841. Winchester moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, in October 1841 where he worked at the Times and Seasons until January 1842.

Winchester also wrote pamphlets and two significant books on Latter Day Saint topics. His Synopsis of the Holy Scriptures, and Concordance, published in 1842, was the first categorization of Bible scriptures from a Mormon perspective and included a detailed analysis of the Christian apostasy. His History of the Priesthood, published in 1843, was the first book to focus on the topic of the Mormon priesthood.

The attorney Jonathan Neville argues in his book The Lost City of Zarahemla that Winchester wrote several anonymous and pseudonymous articles in the Times and Seasons that have been attributed to Joseph Smith.[1] These arguments were disputed in the journal Interpreter.[2] Neville responded to these articles in two subsequent books, Brought to Light [3] and The Editors: Joseph, William, and Don Carlos Smith.[4]


  1. ^ Neville, Jonathan (2015). The Lost City of Zarahemla. Salt Lake City, Utah: Digital Legend. ISBN 9781515337997. 
  2. ^ Roper, Matthew; Fields, Paul; Bassist, Larry (2016). "Zarahemla Revisited: Neville's Newest Novel". Interpreter. 17: 13–61. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Neville, Jonathan (2015). Brought to Light. Salt Lake City, Utah: Digital Legend. ISBN 9781944200015. 
  4. ^ Neville, Jonathan (2015). The Editors: Joseph, William and Don Carlos Smith. Salt Lake City, Utah: Digital Legend. ISBN 9781545050798.