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Newel Kimball Whitney

February 3, 1795–September 23, 1850

Born at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont; son of Susanna Kimball and Samuel Whitney. Lived at Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, by 1822. Married Elizabeth Ann Smith, 1822; participated in plural marriage. Baptized, 1830. Appointed bishop at Kirtland, 1831. Moved to Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois; to Quincy, Adams County, Illinois; and to Commerce, Hancock County, Illinois. Appointed bishop of the Middle Ward at Commerce, 1839. Admitted to the Council of Fifty, 1844. Appointed presiding bishop of the church, 1847. Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley, 1848. Appointed bishop of the Salt Lake City Eighteenth Ward, 1849. Died at Salt Lake City. 1 (See Document 1.2, 4.28, first mentioned here)


  1. [1] “People of the Time,” database, The Joseph Smith Papers (, accessed Jan. 2015), Newel Kimball Whitney. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed Jan. 7, 2016), kNewell Kimball Whitney KWVM-M24 .