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Smith, George Albert


26 June 1817–1 Sept. 1875. Born at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. Son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Joseph H. Wakefield, 10 Sept. 1832, at Potsdam. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Labored on Kirtland temple. Participated in Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri, 1834. Ordained a seventy, 1 Mar. 1835, at Kirtland. Served mission to eastern U.S. with Lyman Smith, 1835. Served mission to Ohio, 1836. Stockholder in Kirtland Safety Society. Arrived at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, from Kirtland, 16 June 1838, and soon located at Adam-ondi-Ahman, Daviess Co., Missouri. Member of Adam-ondi-Ahman high council, 1838. In exodus from Missouri, located north of Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois. Ordained member of Quorum of the Twelve, 26 Apr. 1839, at Far West. Served mission to England, 1839–1841. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, 1841. Married to Bathsheba W. Bigler by Don Carlos Smith, 25 July 1841, at Nauvoo. Moved to Zarahemla, Lee Co., Iowa Territory, 1841. Member of Nauvoo Masonic Lodge. Member of Nauvoo City Council, 1842–1843. Nauvoo city alderman, 1843–1844. Admitted to Council of Fifty, 11 Mar. 1844. Elected trustee of Nauvoo House Association, Apr. 1845. Member of Brigham Young pioneer company that journeyed to Salt Lake Valley, 1847. Appointed church historian and recorder, 1854. Member of Utah territorial supreme court, 1855. First counselor to Brigham Young in church presidency, 1868. Died at Salt Lake City.


Circa 1852, photograph likely by Marsena Cannon (Church History Library, Salt Lake City).

George A. Smith Circa 1852, photograph likely by Marsena Cannon (Church History Library, Salt Lake City).