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Dr Levi Richards
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1799
Hopkinton
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 18, 1876
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe, 4th son and 9th child. Cousin to Brigham Young.

Married Sarah Griffith, 25 Dec 1843, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Child - Levi Willard Richards

Married Persis Goodall (Young), 27 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

His father was a Revolutionary soldier. From early childhood, Levi showed great interest in things mechanical. He was very musical, playing several instruments, the clarinet being his favorite. He qualified himself for the position of school teacher in the district schools.

Much sickness in his family, influenced him to give attention to the use of botanical medicines. Attending school, he qualified himself in the Thomsonian or Botanical system of medical practice. It is said that he became a successful and skillful practitioner of this cult.

About 1835, becoming interested in the Book of Mormon, he went to Ohio to investigate the new faith. Taking up his residence in Kirtland, he was so impressed with Mormonism that he was inclined to give up the practice of medicine for the ministry. However, repeated calls made upon him for his medical services prevented him from following his desire, and he embarked upon the general practice of medicine. His services were in great demand and he rendered to all who called upon him, often declining financial remuneration.

During the time of his practice, he was often called upon to attend Joseph Smith, often accompanying him on trips. In 1841, Dr. Levi went on a mission to England, returning via New Orleans in 1842.

He was highly regarded as a physician. An entry in the journal of the Prophet, under date of April 19, 1843, states: "Levi Richards is one of the best physicians anyone was ever acquainted with." On December 15, 1843, the Prophet journalized as follows: "I was seized with dryness of mouth and throat, sickness of stomach, and vomited freely; my wife waited on me, assisted by my scribe, Dr. Willard Richards, and his brother Levi, who administered to me herbs and mild drinks. Revived by evening.

On Christmas Day, 1843, Dr. Levi was married to Sarah Griffith, by Brigham Young. Later, he married Persus Goodall, who had been the wife of Lorenzo D. Young.

As an adviser Dr. Levi was equally esteemed. He, with Dr. J. M. Bernhisel, another physician, was one of those who conferred with Joseph Smith on March 11, 1844, with a view to finding a secure place of refuge in the Rocky Mountains.

After serving a second mission in England, 1848-1853, Dr. Richards returned to Utah, where, while he did not engage actively in practice, he gave freely of his knowledge to friends. He served as a member of "Board of Examination" for physicians. He died June 18, 1876, age 77. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Sarah Griffith Richards (1802 - 1892)
  Persis Goodall Richards (1806 - 1894)*
 
 Children:
  Levi Willard Richards (1845 - 1914)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: H_10_10_1/2_S
 
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Record added: May 21, 2007
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