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Chauncey Walker West

1827– 1870

Born in Erie County, Pennsylvania; moved with family to New York, where they were baptized; settled in Nauvoo, Illinois; immigrated to Salt Lake Valley in 1847; one of first settlers of Provo, Utah, in 1849; called on mission to Siam (Thailand) in 1852 but labored in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and India when transportation to Siam could not be obtained; returned to U.S., arriving at San Francisco in September 1854; moved to Ogden after returning to Utah the following year; called as bishop for Weber County in 1856; served mission to England, 1862–1863; contracted to help build the transcontinental railroad west of Ogden; died in Ogden, his health weakened as result of his work on railroad. (See Jenson, BE, 1:749–54; Tullidge, Tullidge’s Histories, 2:55–68; West, Chauncey W. West; Britsch, Nothing More Heroic, 312; GQC journal, Aug. 20, 1851; Aug. 3, 1852; Aug. 3, 1853; Sept. 7, 1854.)