Thomas Bullock (Mormon)
|Reporter and Member of the Council of Fifty|
|December 25, 1846– June 24, 1882|
|End reason||Released due to old|
|Clerk in the Church Historian's Office|
December 23, 1816|
Leek, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
|Died||February 10, 1885
Coalville, Utah Territory, United States
|Resting place||Salt Lake City Cemetery
Bullock was born in Leek, Staffordshire, England. Bullock worked as an excise officer for the British government.
On November 20, 1841, Bullock and his wife Henrietta Rushton were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In 1843, the Bullocks emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois, where the majority of Latter Day Saints were gathering. In fall of 1843, Bullock was employed as a private clerk to Joseph Smith. He was clerk at the April 1844 general conference of the church, an assistant to Church Historian and Recorder Willard Richards from 1842 to 1854, and was the clerk to the Council of Fifty from 1846 to 1882. While with the Church Historian's Office, Bullock was responsible for writing some portions of History of the Church.
Like many early Latter Day Saints, Bullock practiced plural marriage. In 1846 he married Lucy Clayton, the sister of William Clayton, another prominent clerk in the church. In 1852, Bullock married his third wife, Betsy Prudence Howard.
In 1847, Bullock traveled with the initial Mormon pioneer company that traveled to the Salt Lake Valley. In Utah Territory, Bullock was the clerk of the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company, clerk to the Utah Territorial Legislature, and was an occasional clerk to Brigham Young and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. From 1856 to 1858, Bullock returned to England as a missionary for the church.
Bullock served in the church as a Seventy and in a variety of secretarial positions. He died in Coalville, Utah at the age of 68. Bullock was the father of 23 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood.
- Quinn, D. Michael (1980). "The Council of Fifty and Its Members, 1844 to 1945" (PDF). BYU Studies. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University: 22–26. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
- Arrington, Leonard J. (Summer 1968). "The Search for Truth and Meaning in Mormon History". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 3 (2): 56–66. – Bullock worked in the Church Historian's Office, but was not an official "Assistant Church Historian". The first "Assistant Church Historian" was Wilford Woodruff called in 1856, after Bullock left in 1854.
- Lund, Anthon H. (1917), "Remarks § Church Historians", Eighty-eighth Semi-annual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Report of the Discourses, pp. 10–12
- Smith 1994, p. 16
- Bullock worked in the Church Historian's Office, but was not an official "Assistant Church Historian". The first "Assistant Church Historian" was Wilford Woodruff called in 1856, after Bullock left in 1854. See these references:
- Jerald F. Simon, Thomas Bullock as an Early Church Historian", 30 BYU Studies (Winter 1990) 71–88
- Thomas Bullock at Find a Grave
- Works by or about Thomas Bullock in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Guide to Thomas Bullock papers, MSS 772 at L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University