Edwin Smith Hinckley was born 21 July 1868 in Cove Fort, Millard County, Utah, United States to Ira Nathaniel Hinckley (1828-1904) and Adelaide Cameron Noble (1833-1924) and died 15 November 1929 Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Adeline Henry (1868-1945) 3 September 1890 in Manti Utah Temple, Sanpete County, Utah, United States.


Edwin S. Hinckley was one of only two men to hold the position of counselor to the president of Brigham Young University. He was a prominent educator and geologist.

Hinckley was the son of Ira Nathaniel Hinckley (1828-1904) and one of his wives, Adelaide Cameron Noble (1833-1924). He was born at Cove Fort, Utah. He attended Brigham Young Academy and graduated from both its high school and collegiate divisions. He joined the BYA faculty in 1895.

In 1890 Hinckley married Adeline Henry. During his time at the University of Michigan they took in boarders to make ends meet.

He pursued higher education at the University of Michigan and also served as a part-time Mormon missionary in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He joined the faculty of BYA in 1895. Shortly after this he served for a time as a missionary in Colorado.

From 1904 to 1909, Hinckley served as principal of Brigham Young High School. He also served as counselor to George H. Brimhall and dean of the Church Teachers College. He also was chief geologist at BYU. After retiring from BYU in 1915 he served as superintendent of the state training school in Ogden. Edwin and Adeline had 13 children.

After Hinckley's death his children established a scholarship in his honor at BYU. Other scholarships were established in his honor at Weber State University, Utah State University and the University of Utah. All these were also established by his children.


Offspring of Edwin Smith Hinckley and Adeline Henry (1868-1945)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Robert Henry Hinckley (1891-1988)
Leonore Adelaide Hinckley (1894-1953)
Edwin Carlyle Hinckley (1896-1984)
Norma Elizabeth Hinckley (1897-1906)
Claudius Warren Hinckley (1899-1967)
Paul Bryant Hinckley (1900-1921)
Frederick Russel Hinckley (1902-1993) 28 May 1902 Provo, Utah County, Utah 3 February 1993 Kaysville, Davis County, Utah Lois Bathsheba Richards (1903-1993)
John Noble Hinckley (1903-1992)
Evelyn Marguerite Hinckley (1905-1963)
Gordon Holbrook Hinckley (1906-1925)
Muriel Aileen Hinckley (1907-1907)
George Marion Hinckley (1909-2000)
Angela Ruth Hinckley (1910-1984)




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