Leonard W. Hardy
|Leonard W. Hardy|
|First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric|
|October 6, 1856– July 31, 1884|
|Born||Leonard Wilford Hardy
December 31, 1805
Bradford, Massachusetts, United States
|Died||July 31, 1884
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
|Resting place||Salt Lake City Cemetery
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Harriman Nichols
Sophia Lois Goodridge
Esther Smilinda Goodridge
Harriet Ann Goodridge
Rachel Smith Gardner
Leonard Wilford Hardy (December 31, 1805 – July 31, 1884) was an early convert in the Latter Day Saint movement, a Mormon pioneer and a member of the presiding bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1856 until his death.
In December 1844, Hardy traveled to England as a church missionary with Wilford Woodruff, Dan Jones, and Hiram Clark. Hardy was stationed in Preston, Lancashire, and was made the conference president in March 1845.
In Utah, Hardy was made a bishop of two different wards. On October 12, 1856, Hardy was called to be the first counselor to the church's Presiding Bishop, Edward Hunter. When Hunter died in 1883, William B. Preston became the new presiding bishop and Hardy was again selected as the first counselor. However, after just a few months working under Preston, Hardy died in Salt Lake City and was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Hardy practiced plural marriage and was the father of 18 children.
- Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol.1, 236–37
- Deseret Morning News Church Almanac 2007[full citation needed]