Wilford Woodruff

March 1, 1807–September 2, 1898

Born at Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut; son of Beulah Thompson and Apheck Woodruff. Baptized in New York, 1833. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, 1834. Ordained a seventy, 1836. Married Phebe Whittemore Carter, 1837; participated in plural marriage. Served missions to New England, 1837–1838. Ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 1839. Served a mission to Great Britain, 1839–1841. Admitted to the Council of Fifty, 1844. Presided over the British mission, 1844–1846. Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley, 1847. Served a mission to the eastern states, 1848–1850. Appointed assistant church historian, 1856; president of the St. George temple, 1877; president of the Quorum of the Twelve, 1880; and church historian and general church recorder, 1883. Served as the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1889–1898. Died at San Francisco. 1 (See Document 4.11, 4.19, 4.20, 4.24, 4.25, 4.28)


  1. [1] “People of the Time,” database, The Joseph Smith Papers (http://josephsmithpapers.org/reference, accessed Jan. 2015), Wilford Woodruff. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed Jan. 7, 2016), Wolford Woodruff (K2H1-kTDC).