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February 2, 1800|
Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||April 21, 1856(aged 56)|
|Resting place||Richmond Pioneer Cemetery, Missouri, United States
|Known For||One of the Eight Witnesses|
|Parents||Peter Whitmer, Sr.
Jacob Whitmer (February 2, 1800 — April 21, 1856) was the second born child of Peter Whitmer, Sr. and Mary Musselman. He is primarily remembered as one of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon's golden plates.
Born in Pennsylvania, Whitmer moved with his parents to New York, where he married Elizabeth Schott on September 29, 1825. Whitmer and Elizabeth had nine children together, only three of which survived to adulthood.
Whitmer's younger brother David became a close associate of Joseph Smith. In June 1829, Jacob Whitmer joined his brothers in signing a statement testifying that he personally saw and handled the golden plates said to be in Smith's possession. On April 11, 1830, he was baptized into the newly organized Church of Christ.
Whitmer gathered with early church members to Jackson County, Missouri, but was driven by anti-Mormon vigilantes from his home there and later from his home in Clay County, Missouri as well. He then settled in Caldwell County, Missouri where he served on Far West's high council. Whitmer was excommunicated from the church in 1838 along with the rest of the living members of the Whitmer family, and driven again from his home—this time by Mormon vigilantes.
- Jenson, Andrew (1901). Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia: A compilation of biographical sketches of prominent men and women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Andrew Jenson History Company (Printed by The Deseret News Press). pp. 276–277.
- Keith W. Perkins, "True to the Book of Mormon—The Whitmers", Ensign, February 1989.
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