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Chronology

Born

George Franklin Richards was born in Farmington, Utah Territory, to Franklin D. Richards and Nanny Lynn Longstroth Richards.

Baptism

Richards was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Oliver Lee Robinson.

Priesthood ordination

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.

Attends university

Richards began attending the University of Deseret, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.

Graduates

Richards graduated from the University of Deseret.

Begins work

Richards began work as a clerk, carpenter, and lumberyard foreman for the Utah Central Railroad Company.

Marries

Richards married Alice Almira Robinson in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory; they began living in Salt Lake City.

Moves north

George and Alice Richards moved to Farmington, Utah Territory, to take care of Richards’s mother.

Home missionary

Richards was set apart as a home missionary in the Davis Stake.

YMMIA president

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.

State representative

Richards served in the Utah state legislature as a representative from Tooele County.

Newspaper correspondent

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.

Remarries

Richards married Betsy (Bessie) Hollings.

Dies

Richards died in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Funeral

Richards’s funeral was held in Salt Lake City, Utah.