Brigham Henry Roberts was born to Benjamin Roberts and Ann Everington on 13 March 1857 in Warrington, Lancashire, England. He immigrated to the United States in 1866 and settled in Davis County, Utah Territory. He served as a missionary for the church in Iowa, Nebraska, and England, and also served as president of the Southern States Mission from 1883 to 1886. At age thirty-one, he became a president of the First Council of the Seventy, a position he held until his death. He was married to Louisa Smith, Celia Dibble, and Margaret Shipp. Roberts was active in party politics and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1898, although he was denied his seat in Congress because of his practice of plural marriage. He was a prolific author of Latter-day Saint theology and history and died in Salt Lake City on 27 September 1933.
 “B. H. Roberts, Venerable Dignitary of the ‘Mormon’ Church, Is Summoned,” Herald-Journal (Logan, UT), 28 Sept. 1933, ; “Brigham Henry Roberts” in Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 1 (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History, 1901), 205–206.