Daniel Spencer

Daniel Spencer

Birth
West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 8 Dec 1868 (aged 74)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot E-8-2-3E
Memorial ID 34460909 · View Source
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DANIEL SPENCER
- by Edward Tullege (Excerpted)

In the history of Salt Lake City no name better deserves honor and perpetuation than that of Daniel Spencer, an upright "Judge in Israel," and a man of exceeding purity of life. It was under his administration, as "President of the Stake," that Salt Lake City grew up previous to its incorporation under the Territorial government. The following is a brief sketch of himself and family.

Daniel Spencer, the son of Daniel Spencer and Chloe Wilson, was born at the town of West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, July 20th, 1794. Daniel Spencer's company was the first of the Winter Quarters' emigration that followed the Pioneers into the Great Basin.

He was baptized into the LDS Church in April, 1840. He brought into the Church his brother Orson, and then in 1842 he moved to Nauvoo. He had scarcely arrived in the city of the Saints, when he was appointed on a mission to Canada. On his return, he was elected a member of the Nauvoo city council; but soon afterwards he was sent on a mission to the Indian nation. From the hardships of that mission he never recovered to the day of his death. The next year, he was sent on a mission to Massachusetts, returned and was elected mayor of Nauvoo.

So high was the Prophet Joseph's estimate of his character and justice that he said of him, "Daniel Spencer is the wisest man in Nauvoo."

At the time twelve men were selected by Joseph Smith to explore the Rocky Mountains, with the view of the Saints locating there, Daniel Spencer was called as one of them, but the exploring expedition was interrupted by the martyrdom of the Prophet. ...

Daniel Spencer's company was the first to reach the Salt lake valley after the original company of Pioneers led by President Brigham Young.

In the organization of the high council of the [Salt Lake]stake, he was appointed a member; and soon afterwards was elected its president [Salt Lake Stake, Feb. 13, 1849], which position he filled up to his death. ...

At the organization of the stake, he was, under the First Presidency and the Twelve, made the spiritual head of the entire colony; and under his administration Sale Lake grew up several years before its incorporation under the civic government. At that time the president of the stake occupied something like the position of the mayor of the inchoate city, and chief judge of the Church. ...

He was a member of the [Utah] Legislature for years, and for some time sat in the Senate of the provisional Government of the State of Deseret, and acted in connection with those who framed its constitution.

He was appointed on a mission to England, and filled the place of first counselor to Franklin D. Richards. He arrived in England just at the important period of the publication of the revelation on polygamy, and by his wisdom very much sustained the Church. Having honorably fulfilled his mission to Europe he returned to his native land in 1856.

After a long life of distinguished service to his church and his community and state, Daniel Spencer died December 8th, 1868, aged 74.



Inscription

DANIEL SPENCER
BORN
IN WEST STOCKBRIDGE
BERKSHIRE CO., MASS.
JULY 20, 1794.
DIED
IN SALT LAKE CITY
DEC. 8, 1868.
HE WAS PRESIDENT
OF THE SALT LAKE
STAKE OF ZION
FROM FEB. 13, 1849
UNTIL THE TIME OF
HIS DEATH.


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  • Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
  • Added: 4 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34460909
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel Spencer (20 Jul 1794–8 Dec 1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34460909, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Ryan D. Curtis (contributor 46858513) .