BiographyJohn Smith was born 16 June 1781 in Derry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States to Asael Smith (1744-1830) and Mary Duty (1743-1836) and died 23 May 1854 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Clarissa Lyman (1790-1854) 11 September 1815 in Connecticut, United States. He married Julia Hills (1783-1853) 11 September 1815 . Ancestors are from the United States.
John Smith, known as Uncle John, was an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
Smith was the younger brother of Joseph Smith, Sr., uncle of Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith, father of George A. Smith, grandfather of John Henry Smith, and great-grandfather of George Albert Smith. He served as a member of the first presiding high council in Kirtland, Ohio, an assistant counselor in the First Presidency under Joseph Smith, and as Presiding Patriarch under Brigham Young. He was succeeded as Presiding Patriarch by his great nephew, who was also named John Smith.
Smith served as president of the stake in Lee County, Iowa during the Nauvoo period. He was also the first president of the Salt Lake Stake, the first stake in Utah Territory, and as such was the leader of the Latter-day Saints in Utah in the winter of 1847–48.
Smith practiced plural marriage and fathered four children.
Smith died at Salt Lake City and was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.
- LDS Kirtland Ohio Stake - original member of the 1st stake high council.