John Smith (uncle of Joseph Smith)

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John Smith
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4th Presiding Patriarch
January 1, 1849 (1849-01-01) – May 23, 1854 (1854-05-23)
Assistant Counselor in the First Presidency
September 3, 1837 (1837-09-03) – June 27, 1844 (1844-06-27)
End reasonFirst Presidency dissolved upon death of Joseph Smith
Personal details
Born(1781-07-16)July 16, 1781
Derryfield, New Hampshire, United States
DiedMay 23, 1854(1854-05-23) (aged 72)
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Resting placeSalt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′33″N 111°51′45″W / 40.77592°N 111.86247°W / 40.77592; -111.86247 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)

John Smith (July 16, 1781 – May 23, 1854), known as Uncle John, was an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[1][2]

Smith was the younger brother of Joseph Smith Sr., uncle of Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith, father of George A. Smith, grandfather of John Henry Smith, and great-grandfather of George Albert Smith. He served as a member of the first presiding high council in Kirtland, Ohio, an assistant counselor in the First Presidency under Joseph Smith, and as Presiding Patriarch under Brigham Young. He was succeeded as Presiding Patriarch by his great nephew, who was also named John Smith.

Smith served as president of the stake in Lee County, Iowa during the Nauvoo period. He was also the first president of the Salt Lake Stake, the first stake in Utah Territory, and as such was the leader of the Latter-day Saints in Utah in the winter of 1847–48.

Smith practiced plural marriage and fathered four children.

Smith died at Salt Lake City and was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.


  1. ^ John Smith in Lawrence R. Flake, Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 311–13.
  2. ^ John_Smith_(1781-1854)

Further reading[edit]

  • Jeremy C. Schwendiman (2016). Uncle of the Prophet - The Life and Achievements of John Smith. Jeremy C. Schwendiman. ISBN 978-1890718473.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
William Smith
Presiding Patriarch
January 1, 1849–May 23, 1854
Succeeded by
John Smith
Church of the Latter Day Saints titles
Later renamed: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (1838)
First Assistant Counselor in the First Presidency
September 3, 1837 (1837-09-03)–June 27, 1844 (1844-06-27)
With: Oliver Cowdery
Hyrum Smith
Joseph Smith Sr.
Amasa Lyman: (Counselor)
First Presidency reorganized
Title next held by
Joseph F. Smith
as "Counselor"