Dimick B. Huntington

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Dimick B. Huntington

Dimick Baker Huntington (May 26, 1808 – February 1, 1879) was a leading Indian interpreter in early Utah Territory. He also commissioned the Church History Panorama of C. C. A. Christensen to use in his presentations of the gospel to the Native Americans.[1]

Huntington was the son of William and Zina Baker Huntington. He was born at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York. Huntington married Fanny Marie Allen on April 28, 1830, they eventually had seven children. Huntington was baptized into the Church of the Latter Day Saints on August 1, 1835,[2] the same year as his parents.

Huntington first enters the annals of Mormon history as the first to see Joseph Smith land in Illinois after his escape from jail in Missouri.[3] Huntington also took Smith the four miles distance to the house where Emma Smith was staying. In March 1841, Huntington was appointed one of the constables of Nauvoo, Illinois.[4] In October 1841, Huntington brought the testimony that led to the excommunication of John A. Hicks, the elders quorum president in Nauvoo, for falsehood and schismatic conversation.[5]

In 1842, Huntington was made coroner of Nauvoo.[6] After Joseph Smith's death, Huntington was among those who prepared Joseph and Hyrum Smith's bodies for burial and buried them in a secret location underneath the Nauvoo House.[7]

Huntington was a member of the Mormon Battalion. His family had come with him and they went to Pueblo, Colorado. One of Fanny's children was born there on January 1, 1847.

Huntington was one of the members of Parley P. Pratt's company that explored southern Utah in 1849.[8] Huntington was also among the first settlers of Provo, Utah.

Huntington was the first Indian interpreter in Utah Territory. In 1855, he negotiated a peace with the Utes in the vicinity of Fillmore, Utah.[9]

In 1857, Huntington was closely associated with teaching the gospel to many Native Americans, and kept a journal of his activities. Among other things he recorded Brigham Young ordaining Tutsegabit an elder on September 10, 1857.[10] In 1868, Huntington was among those who negotiated the end of Utah's Black Hawk War.

In 1874, Huntington ordained Kanosh an elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[11]

Huntington worked as a blacksmith and was also drum-major of the Nauvoo Legion band. He later held a similar position with a band in Salt Lake City.

For the last several years of his life, Huntington served as patriarch of the Salt Lake Stake.

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  1. ^ article on C. C. A. Christensen
  2. ^ Biography of Dimick Baker Huntington, The Joseph Smith Papers (accessed January 10, 2012)
  3. ^ Baugh, Alexander L.. "Escape of Joseph Smith from Missouri" in Mormon Historical Studies Spring 2001, p. 73
  4. ^ Joseph Smith with B. H. Roberts ed., History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Vol. 4, p. 308
  5. ^ Hoyt W. Brewster. Doctrine and Covenants Encyclopedia. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996) p. 241
  6. ^ Joseph Smith. History of the Church. Vol. 5, p. 18
  7. ^ article on Huntington family
  8. ^ http://www.mormonhistoricsitesfoundation.org/publications/nj_spring1999/NJ11.1_Smart.pdf
  9. ^ Andrew Jenson. Encyclopedic History of the Church p. 250
  10. ^ excerpts from Huntington's 1857 journal
  11. ^ Jensen. Encyclopedic History. p. 390]

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