Parley P Pratt

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Birthday
12, 1807
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 13, 1857 (50)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
12, 1807
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 13, 1857 (50)

About

Remembered for his leadership during the early years of the Latter Day Saint (LDS) movement, he was a prominent member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, an LDS group that organized a successful Mormon mission to England during the late 1830s and early 1840s.

Before Fame

A native of Burlington, New York, he relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, with his first wife, Thankful Halsey. At the time, he belonged to the Disciples of Christ religious group; he converted to Mormonism in 1830.

Trivia

An author as well as a religious leader, he published an 1835 poetry collection that included numerous pieces that later became the texts for Mormon hymns.

Family Life

A polygamist, he had twelve wives and thirty children. In 1857, he died at the hands of Hector McLean, a man who was technically still married to Pratt's twelfth wife, Eleanor Jane McLean.

Associated With

His direct descendent (great-great grandson), Republican politician Mitt Romney, ran for the office of President of the United States in 2012.