Enoch Reese

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Enoch Reese (May 25, 1813 – July 20, 1876[1]) was an early leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), a member of the Utah Territorial Legislature, and an early settler of Nevada.

Reese was serving as president of the Buffalo, New York branch of the LDS Church in 1843.[2] In 1848 he was a captain of fifty in one of the Mormon pioneer companies.[3]

In 1850, Reese staked out claims for land in Spanish Fork, Utah Territory. Enoch and his brother John Reese opened a store in Salt Lake City about 1850.[4]

In 1851 Reese settled in the Carson Valley, then a part of Utah Territory, along with his brother John.[5] They established a sawmill and gristmill called Mormon Station en route to the California mines, it being the first permanent nonnative settlement in present-day Nevada. From Carson County, he was elected to the Utah Territorial Legislature.[6]

In 1857 Reese was in the hand-cart company of missionaries headed east from Salt Lake City bound for missions in Europe.

In the 1860s he was a member of the Utah Territorial Legislature from Salt Lake County. He also was a member of the Salt Lake City Council for a time.


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