- Orson F. Whitney
Orson F. Whitney
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles April 9, 1906– May 16, 1931 Called by Joseph F. Smith LDS Church Apostle April 9, 1906– May 16, 1931 Called by Joseph F. Smith Reason Resignation of Matthias F. Cowley and John W. Taylor from the Quorum of the Twelve; death of Marriner W. Merrill Reorganization at end of term Joseph F. Merrill ordained Personal details Born Orson Ferguson Whitney
July 1, 1855
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory
Died May 16, 1931(aged 75)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
Orson Ferguson Whitney (1 July 1855 – 16 May 1931) born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from April 9, 1906 until his death.
Whitney was the son of Horace K. Whitney and Helen Mar Kimball. His mother, Kimball, was married in secret to Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, in May 1843 when she was 14 years old. After Smith's death in 1844, Kimball was "married for time" to Horace Whitney. Whitney's father, Horace, had set type for the original publication of the Deseret News.
Whitney was a politician, journalist, poet, historian and academic. In 1878, as a young man, Whitney began a career in writing with the business office of the LDS newspaper, the Deseret News, later becoming a reporter and the city editor. During a mission in Europe for the LDS Church from 1881 to 1883, he acted as editor of the church publication Millennial Star. In 1896–1897, Whitney taught English and Theology at Brigham Young College, in Logan, Utah.
Whitney was also involved in the politics of Salt Lake City and Utah. He served on the Salt Lake City Council in 1880, acted as City Treasurer from 1884 to 1890, and served as a State Senator in 1898, and again in 1901.
Whitney produced the lyrics to LDS Church hymns, including "The Wintry Day, Descending to Its Close", (music composed by Edward P. Kimball) and "Savior Redeemer of My Soul" (music by Harry A. Dean) appearing as hymns #37 and 112, respectively, in the 1985 edition of the LDS Church hymnal.
- The Life of Heber C. Kimball (1888) online
- Poetical Writings (1889–90)
- History of Utah (4 Volumes) Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 4
- Elias: An Epic of the Ages (1904) online
- Love and the Light: An Idyll of the Westland (1918)
In 1905, two members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles resigned over a dispute with church doctrine and policy. John W. Taylor disagreed with the manifesto forbidding plural marriage; Matthias F. Cowley felt that it should apply only to the United States. In February of the next year, Marriner W. Merrill died, leaving three vacancies in the quorum.
- Topping, Gary. Utah Historians and the Reconstruction of Western History. 2003, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma. ISBN 0-8061-3561-1
- Grampa Bill's G.A. Pages: Orson F. Whitney
- Orson Ferguson Whitney and his family
- Works by or about Orson F. Whitney in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles Preceded by
George F. Richards
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 9, 1906–May 16, 1931
David O. McKay
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