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Willard Richards

June 24, 1804–March 11, 1854

Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; son of Rhoda Howe and Joseph Richards. Baptized, 1836. Married Jennetta Richards, 1838; participated in plural marriage. Ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 1840. Appointed recorder for the temple in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, and Joseph Smith’s scribe, 1841; church historian, 1842; and church recorder, 1843. Admitted to the Council of Fifty, 1844. With Joseph and Hyrum Smith in the jail in Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, when the Smiths were murdered. Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley, 1847. Appointed second counselor to Brigham Young in the First Presidency, 1847. Died at Salt Lake City. 1 (See Document 1.2, 3.6, 4.28, first mentioned here)


  1. [1] “People of the Time,” database, The Joseph Smith Papers (, accessed Dec. 2014), Willard Richards. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed Jan. 6, 2016), Willard Richards KWJ5-X12 .