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Albert H. Carrington

8 January 1813–19 September 1889

Born 8 Jan. 1813 at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont.[1] Son of Daniel Van Carrington and Isabella Bowman.[2] Graduated from Dartmouth College, 1833.[3] Married Rhoda Maria Woods, 6 Dec. 1838, in Iowa Co., Wisconsin Territory.[4] Baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by William O. Clark, 13 July 1841.[5] Elected as trustee of the Seventies Library and Institute Association, Nauvoo, 24 Dec. 1844.[6] Participated in plural marriage.[7] Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley with the Brigham Young pioneer company, 1847.[8] Appointed to a committee to draft laws for the government of the Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, 9 Oct. 1847.[9] Elected Speaker of the House for the provisional state of Deseret, 2 July 1849.[10] Served in the Utah territorial legislature, 1852–1869, 1876–1880.[11] Editor of the Deseret News, 1854–1859, 1863–1867.[12] Instrumental in establishing the northern boundary of Utah Territory, 1855.[13] Elected as the attorney general for Utah Territory, 5 Jan. 1856.[14] Appointed as chancellor of the University of Deseret (now the University of Utah), 1856–1857, 1861, 1864.[15] Appointed as superintendent of common schools for Utah Territory, 1860.[16] Elected as a senator and counselor for Utah Territory, 1867.[17] Served as president of the British mission, 1868.[18] Ordained as an apostle, 3 July 1870.[19] Served as church historian, 1871–1874; as assistant counselor to Brigham Young; and as president of the Perpetual Emigration Fund, 1874.[20] Preached at Sunday meetings attended by EBW, 1875.[21] Excommunicated 6 Nov. 1885.[22] Rebaptized 1 Nov. 1887.[23] Died 19 Sept. 1889 in Salt Lake City.[24]

 

[1] Missionary Department Missionary Registers, 1860–1959, vol. A, p. 53, line 2249, CR 301 22, image 62/160, CHL. Temple Records Index Bureau, Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, 10 December 1845 to 8 February 1846 (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1974), 10 (restricted access). “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 20 Feb. 2020), Albert Carrington (KWJR-TCL).

[2] Missionary Department Missionary Registers, 1860–1959, vol. A, p. 53, line 2249, CR 301 22, image 62/160, CHL. Vermont, Secretary of State, General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, Early to 1870, Isabella Bowman, microfilm 27485, DGS 4542961, image 493/3977, FHL.

[3] “Albert Carrington,” Deseret Evening News, 20 Sept. 1889, 3.

[4] Wisconsin, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Iowa Co. Registration of Marriages, 1838–1907, p. 1035, Albert Carrington, microfilm 1266674, DGS 4312587, image 1281, FHL. Wisconsin, Marriage Index, 1820–1907, vol. 1, p. 12, database, Ancestry.com (https://ancestry.com, accessed 22 May 2020).

[5] Missionary Department Missionary Registers, 1860–1959, vol. A, p. 53, line 2249, CR 301 22, image 62/160, CHL. Julia R. Short, “Biography of William O. Clark,” Journal of History 6, no. 2 (Apr. 1913): 139–140.

[6] Reid L. Neilson and Nathan N. Waite, eds., Settling the Valley, Proclaiming the Gospel: The General Epistles of the Mormon First Presidency (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), 301. 

[7] “Sealings and Adoptions of the Living, 1846–1857; Index, 1846–1857,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nauvoo Temple, vol. A, 1846–1857, pp. 147–609, line 215, Albert Carrington, Rhoda Maria Woods, and Mary Ann Rock, 31 Jan. 1846, microfilm 183374, DGS 5265582 (restricted access), FHL. Gary James Bergera, “Transgression in the LDS Community: The Cases of Albert Carrington, Richard R. Lyman, and Joseph F. Smith,” Journal of Mormon History 37, no. 3 (Summer 2001): 125.

[8] Camp of Israel Schedules and Reports, 1845–1849, Heber C. Kimball’s 1847 Emigration Division (Second Division), Pioneer List, 13 Apr. 1847, MS 14290, CHL. “Albert Carrington,” Pioneer Database (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravel/, accessed 12 Mar. 2020).  

[9] Constitution of the State of Deseret: With the Journal of the Convention Which Formed It, and the Proceedings of the Legislature Consequent Thereon (U.S. Printing Office, 1850), 1–2.

[10] Constitution of the State of Deseret: With the Journal of the Convention Which Formed It, and the Proceedings of the Legislature Consequent Thereon (U.S. Printing Office, 1850), 9. Reid L. Neilson and Nathan N. Waite, eds., Settling the Valley, Proclaiming the Gospel: The General Epistles of the Mormon First Presidency (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), 301. 

[11] Territory of Utah Legislative Assembly Rosters, 1851–1894, pp. 2–45, Utah State Archives (https://archives.utah.gov/research/guides/legislative-assembly-rosters.pdf, accessed 29 Apr. 2020). Utah Legislative Assembly, Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Utah, of the Annual Session for the Years, 1880 (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Steam Printing Establishment, 1880), 52–53.

[12] “Deseret News Albert Carrington, Editor,” Deseret News, 8 June 1854, 2. “To Our Readers,” Deseret News, 9 Mar. 1859, 4. “To the Readers and Patrons of the Deseret News,” Deseret News, 23 Sept. 1863, 72. “To All Concerned,” Deseret News, 20 Nov. 1867, 324.

[13] “Governor’s Message,” Deseret News, 19 Dec. 1855, 324.

[14] “Affairs at the Capital,” Deseret News, 16 Jan. 1856, 360. “Directory of Utah,” Daily Union Vedette (Salt Lake City), 2 Nov. 1867, 1.

[15] “Affairs at the Capital,” Deseret News, 16 Jan. 1856, 360. Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of Utah, vol. 26 (San Francisco: History Company, 1889), 711n85. “Territorial Officers Elected at Last Session of the Legislature,” Deseret News, 2 Mar. 1864, 180.

[16] “Superintendent of Common Schools,” Deseret News, 7 Mar. 1860, 4. “County School Superintendents,” Deseret News, 18 July 1860, 156.

[17] “General Elections,” Deseret News, 31 July 1867, 224.

[18] “Valedictory,” Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star, 19 Sept. 1868, 30:601–602. Journal History, 19 Sept. 1868, 213:6.

[19]  Journal History, 3 July 1870, 235:1. Andrew Jenson, comp., Church Chronology: A Record of Important Events Pertaining to the History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1914), ix.

[20] “Fortieth Semi-Annual Conference,” Salt Lake Daily Herald, 9 Oct. 1870, 1. “The St. George Temple,” Deseret News, 8 Apr. 1874, 152. “Immigrants,” Salt Lake Daily Herald, 16 Sept. 1874, 3. Andrew Jenson, comp., Church Chronology: A Record of Important Events Pertaining to the History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1914), xx.

[21] EBW, Diary, 3 Jan. and 14 Feb. 1875.

[22] Wilford Woodruff, Journal, 6 Nov. 1885 (restricted access), Wilford Woodruff Journals and Papers, 1833–1898, MS 1352, CHL. Andrew Jenson, comp., Church Chronology: A Record of Important Events Pertaining to the History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1914), 125. “Excommunicated,” Deseret Evening News, 10 Nov. 1885, 2. Gary James Bergera, “Transgression in the LDS Community: The Cases of Albert Carrington, Richard R. Lyman, and Joseph F. Smith,” Journal of Mormon History 37, no. 3 (Summer 2001): 139.

[23] Gary James Bergera, “Transgression in the LDS Community: The Cases of Albert Carrington, Richard R. Lyman, and Joseph F. Smith,” Journal of Mormon History 37, no. 3 (Summer 2001): 159.

[24] “Utah Death Registers, 1847–1966,” p. 32 (1889), Albert Carrington; citing series 21866, from Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Utah State Archives and Records Service, Salt Lake City. “Died,” Salt Lake Herald, 20 Sept. 1889, 9.