Paul Elden Kingston

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Paul Elden Kingston
Paul Elden Kingston.jpg
Prophet and Presiding Priesthood Leader[1]
August 25, 1987 (1987-08-25)
Predecessor John Ortell Kingston
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 55–56)
United States
Spouse(s) up to 27
Children up to 300[2]
Parents John Ortell Kingston

Paul Elden Kingston (born 1959) has been the leader of the Mormon fundamentalist Latter Day Church of Christ and the Davis County Cooperative Society in the USA since 1987.

Kingston succeeded his father John Ortell Kingston as the leader of the Kingston Clan on his father's death in 1987. During his tenure Kingston has followed his father's practice of plural, child, and intra-family marriage.[3]

In 2006 it was estimated that Paul Kingston had up to 27 wives (including three half-sisters of his),[4] some of whom have up to eighteen children.[5]


  1. ^ Hales, Brian C. "John Ortell Kingston". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Bennion, Janet.(2012). Polygamy in Primetime: Media, Gender and Politics in Mormon Fundamentalism. University Press of New England. Lebanon, NH. ISBN 978-1-61168-262-5
  3. ^ Janofsky, Michael (February 27, 2003), "Young Brides Stir New Outcry on Utah Polygamy", The New York Times, retrieved 2013-09-10  Late Edition - Final Section A, page 1, column 2
  4. ^ Adams, Brooke (October 23, 2006), "Utah authorities aim incest investigation at Kingston family", The Salt Lake Tribune, retrieved 2013-09-10 
  5. ^ Tracy, Kathleen (2002), The Secret Story of Polygamy, Naperville, Illinois: Sourcebooks, p. 96, ISBN 1-57071-723-0 
Latter Day Church of Christ
Preceded by
John Ortell Kingston
Prophet and Presiding Priesthood Leader
July 8, 1948 (1948-07-08) -