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Dr Willard Richards

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Dr Willard Richards

  • Birth 24 Jun 1804 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 11 Mar 1854 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Memorial ID 6279203

Mormon Church Religious Leader. Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cousin and 2nd Counselor to Brigham Young. As a member of the Twelve, he and John Taylor accompanied Joseph and Hyrum Smith while imprisoned in Carthage Jail, and were there at the time when they were killed. Hyrum was killed first, John Taylor was then shot from the front and back, then Joseph was sent out the window. Willard Richards remained unharmed, and Taylor was near to death. He dragged Taylor to the jail room across the hall and laid him under a mattress figuring the mob would return to finish them off. However, they dispursed and fled leaving them to take care for themselves. He's the only Apostle ordained outside the United States, while serving a mission in England with other Apostles. He passed away at the age of only 49.



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  • Originally Created by: Chad Stowell
  • Added: 20 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6279203
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Willard Richards (24 Jun 1804–11 Mar 1854), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6279203, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .