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 William Miller

William Miller

Birth
Death 7 Aug 1874 (aged 60)
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 37 Lot 2 Pos. 3
Memorial ID 61875 · View Source
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William Miller (1814–75) was baptized in 1834 in Kirtland and moved there with his family for a short time before going on to Missouri. In 1839 they moved to Illinois with the rest of the Church. Following the "bogus Brigham" incident the Millers left Nauvoo with the Saints. Because of sickness William was unable to build a log house at Winter Quarters, and the family lived in a dugout during the winter of 1846–47.

In Utah he played an important role in the settlement of Provo and Springville. In 1856 he served a mission to England and was later called to preside over the Utah Stake and at the same time serve as a bishop in Provo.

Bogus Brigham Incident

In 1845 a new threat against the LDS Church leadership soon came in the form of an indictment issued by the United States District Court in Springfield against Brigham Young and eight other Apostles on charges of instigating and harboring a counterfeiting operation in Nauvoo.

On 23 December, government officials approached the temple, hoping to find and arrest Brigham Young. Knowing they were there, Brigham Young knelt down and asked for guidance and protection so that he could "live to prove advantageous to the Saints.

He noticed William Miller in the hall, who agreed to act as a decoy. Brother Miller, who was the same height as Brigham, left the temple dressed as Brigham Young and stepped into the president's carriage. Waiting marshals arrested him and took him to the Mansion House where friends and relatives of Brigham joined in on the charade. Miller was then taken to Carthage. Only after someone there identified him did his captors learn that they had a "bogus Brigham." Meanwhile Brigham Young and his brethren had gone into safe hiding.


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  • Maintained by: Mark Morgan
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61875
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Miller (8 Jan 1814–7 Aug 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61875, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Mark Morgan (contributor 47299783) .