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Dunham, Jonathan


14 Jan. 1800–28 July 1845. Soldier, police captain. Born in Paris, Oneida Co., New York. Son of Jonathan Dunham. Married Mary Kendall. Moved to Rushford, Allegany Co., New York, by 1830. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and ordained an elder, by 1836. Served mission to New York, 1836. Ordained a seventy by Joseph Young, 20 Dec. 1836, in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Served mission to Indians in New York, 1837. Camp engineer for Kirtland Camp, 1838. Moved to Adam-ondi-Ahman, Daviess Co., Missouri, 1838. Leader in Missouri Latter-day Saint militia, 1838. Moved to Kirtland, ca. 1838. Served missions to Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New York, 1839. Served mission to Indians in present-day Kansas, 1840. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, by 1841. Member of Nauvoo Masonic Lodge. Colonel in Nauvoo Legion, 1842. Construction superintendent for Nauvoo Legion arsenal, 1843. Served mission to Potawatomi, 1843. In Nauvoo, appointed captain of police, 1843; wharf master, 1844; and acting major general of Nauvoo Legion, 1844. Among those arrested for destruction of Nauvoo Expositor press, June 1844. Escorted bodies of JS and Hyrum Smith into Nauvoo, June 1844. Appointed brigadier general in Nauvoo Legion, 14 Sept. 1844. Admitted to Council of Fifty, 1 Mar. 1845. Left Nauvoo on assignment from Council of Fifty to attend council of Indian chiefs in Indian Territory, Apr. 1845. Died in Newton Co., Missouri, while serving mission.