Charles Zitting

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Charles F. Zitting
Photo of Charles F. Zitting
The priesthood council with
Charles Zitting (upper right)
Senior Member of the Priesthood Council
March 29, 1954 (1954-03-29) – July 14, 1954 (1954-07-14)
Predecessor Joseph White Musser
Successor Leroy S. Johnson
Personal details
Born Charles Frederick Zitting
(1894-03-30)March 30, 1894
Harrisville, Utah, United States
Died July 14, 1954(1954-07-14) (aged 60)
Union, Utah, United States
Resting place Elysian Burial Gardens
40°40′16″N 111°51′29″W / 40.671°N 111.858°W / 40.671; -111.858 (Elysian Burial Gardens)
Known For A leader of the Mormon fundamentalist Short Creek Community
Spouse(s) 10
Children 37
Parents August Frederick Zitting
Susannah Van Etten

Charles Frederick Zitting (March 30, 1894[2] – July 14, 1954) was a Mormon fundamentalist leader of the community in Short Creek, Arizona.

Zitting began his rise in the leadership of the Mormon fundamentalist Short Creek Community when he was arrested on April 1, 1931 on charges of polygamy and bailed out by Lorin C. Woolley, J. Leslie Broadbent, and Joseph W. Musser the next day. After the three paid his bail, Zitting was asked to join the Council of Friends and was ordained to that position months later. He was set apart as High Priest Apostle the same day he was ordained to the Council.[3]

While serving on the Council of Friends, Zitting largely served under Legrand Woolley, who in turn served under Joseph W. Musser. Woolley led the fundamentalist community at Short Creek while Musser led the community in and around Salt Lake City, Utah. The group near Salt Lake City would later become known as the Apostolic United Brethren, while those remaining in the Short Creek Community would later become the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints under Leroy S. Johnson.

With Musser's death and Woolley's presence in Salt Lake City, Zitting was left to take charge for the Council of Friends and the Short Creek Community following the Short Creek raid. Leroy S. Johnson assisted Zitting in most of the everyday decisions.[4]

Zitting served as the senior member of the Council of Friends for four months until his death. He was survived by "5 wives, 18 sons, 16 daughters and many grandchildren."[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hales, Brian C. "J. Leslie Broadbent". Archived from the original on 26 December 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Bistline (2004, p. 71)
  3. ^ Zitting, Charles F. Zitting, 60-61[full citation needed][non-primary source needed]
  4. ^ Hales, Brian C. "Charles F. Zitting". Archived from the original on 26 December 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Zitting, Charles F. Zitting, 116[full citation needed][non-primary source needed]


  • Bistline, Benjamin G. (July 2004), Colorado City Polygamists: An Inside Look for the Outsider, Agreka Books, ISBN 1-8881-0685-9 .

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Mormon fundamentalist titles
Preceded by
Joseph White Musser
 Senior Member of the Priesthood Council 

March 29, 1954 (1954-03-29)–July 14, 1954 (1954-07-14)
With: Leroy S. Johnson
as Senior Member of the Priesthood Council
(Short Creek Community)
Succeeded by
Leroy S. Johnson