George Franklin Richards was born in Farmington, Utah Territory, to Franklin D. Richards and Nanny Lynn Longstroth Richards.
Richards was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Oliver Lee Robinson.
Richards was ordained an elder by his father, Franklin D. Richards; he also received his endowment in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.
Richards began attending the University of Deseret, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.
Richards graduated from the University of Deseret.
Richards began work as a clerk, carpenter, and lumberyard foreman for the Utah Central Railroad Company.
Richards married Alice Almira Robinson in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory; they began living in Salt Lake City.
George and Alice Richards moved to Farmington, Utah Territory, to take care of Richards’s mother.
Richards was set apart as a home missionary in the Davis Stake.
Richards was set apart as president of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association in Farmington, Utah Territory.
Ordained a seventy
Richards was ordained a seventy by Seymour B. Young.
Moves further north
Richards and his family moved to Plymouth, Utah Territory.
Extended stay in Nephi, Utah Territory
Richards and his family left for Nephi, Utah Territory, to help settle the estate of his deceased brother-in-law, Joel Grover; he stayed in Nephi for several months.
Moves to Tooele, Utah Territory
Richards moved to Tooele, Utah Territory, to manage the ranch of his uncle Abraham F. Doremus.
Returns to northern Utah Territory
Richards and his family moved back to Plymouth.
Second counselor in stake presidency
Richards was ordained a high priest and set apart as second counselor to Hugh S. Gowans in the Tooele Stake presidency.
Witnesses laying of Salt Lake Temple capstone
Richards attended services at which Wilford Woodruff laid the Salt Lake Temple capstone.
Attends temple dedication
Richards attended the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple, with the dedicatory prayer given by Wilford Woodruff.
Ordained as stake patriarch
Richards was ordained and set apart as patriarch of the Tooele Stake by Francis M. Lyman of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Gives first patriarchal blessing
Richards gave his first patriarchal blessing to his son George F. Richards Jr.
Death of daughter
Richards’s daughter Amy May died at age four.
Makes changes in work
Richards stopped managing the Doremus farm and purchased his own farm in Tooele; he also started a lumber and implement business in Tooele.
Death of daughter
Richards’s daughter Alverda died at age one.
Richards served in the Utah state legislature as a representative from Tooele County.
Richards became the Tooele correspondent for the Deseret News, the church-owned newspaper published in Salt Lake City, Utah.
First counselor in stake presidency
Richards became first counselor in the Tooele Stake presidency.
Trip with Joseph F. Smith
George and Alice Richards accompanied Joseph F. Smith and other church leaders to the eastern United States to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Joseph Smith’s birth.
Receives call to apostleship
Richards was called to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Ordained an apostle
Richards was ordained an apostle by church president Joseph F. Smith.
Moves to Salt Lake City
Richards and his family moved to Salt Lake City.
President of European Mission
Richards served as president of the church’s European Mission, headquartered in Liverpool, England.
Returns to Utah
Richards arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, from the European Mission.
President of Salt Lake Temple
The church’s First Presidency appointed Richards as president of the Salt Lake Temple.
Set apart as temple president
Richards was set apart by church president Heber J. Grant as president of the Salt Lake Temple, with Joseph Fielding Smith and Albert Davis as counselors.
Alice Richards presides over women working in temple
Alice Richards was set apart to preside over women working in the Salt Lake Temple.
Attends temple dedication in Alberta, Canada
Richards traveled to Alberta, Canada, to attend the dedication of the Alberta Temple.
Attends temple dedication in Arizona
Richards traveled to Mesa, Arizona, to attend the dedication of the Arizona Temple.
Travels to Mexico
Richards accompanied Antoine R. Ivins, a member of the First Council of the Seventy, to Mexico in an attempt to reconcile with a dissident group of church members known as Third Conventionists.
Acting patriarch and temple superintendent
Richards was released as president of the Salt Lake Temple; he was then set apart as acting patriarch to the church and superintendent of all temples by church president Heber J. Grant.
Released as acting church patriarch
Richards was released as acting patriarch to the church.
Sets apart new church president
Richards set apart George Albert Smith as president of church.
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Richards was sustained and set apart as president of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Attends Idaho Falls Temple dedication
Richards attended all dedicatory sessions of Idaho Falls Temple.
Death of wife
Alice Richards died in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Alice Richards’s funeral
The funeral for Alice Richards was held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Richards married Betsy (Bessie) Hollings.
Richards died in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Richards’s funeral was held in Salt Lake City, Utah.