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Albert Carrington Albert Carrington


1813 - 1889
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  • Born 1813 Royalton, Vermont
  • Baptized 1841
  • Member of the Council of Fifty
  • Ordained Apostle and set apart as member of the Twelve 1870
  • Sustained as Counselor to Brigham Young 1873
  • Sustained as Assistant Counselor to Brigham Young 1874
  • Excommunicated 1885
  • Rebaptized 1887
  • Died 1889 Salt Lake City, Utah

    Introduced to the Gospel, he was baptized July 18, 1841. He moved his family to Nauvoo, Illinois, just before the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Patriarch Hyrum Smith. With his education, scholarly background and oratorical skills he soon moved in the higher circles of Nauvoo society.

    Albert and Rhoda lost three of their four children during the Exodus from Nauvoo. Settling his wife and remaining child in Iowa temporarily, he pushed on ahead to Utah as part of the Pioneer Company. Once settled, he returned to Iowa and took his family to Utah.

    He was selected by Brigham Young to be part of the Council of Fifty and became a leader in political and cultural affairs in Utah, being one of the drafters of the Utah Constitution needed for the application for statehood. He was also selected to be Speaker of the House in the Utah Legislature... all the while serving as personal secretary to President Brigham Young. He also entered into plural marriage by taking a second wife. He would father fifteen children by his wives.

    Albert served as Mission President to the European Mission four different times. He was ordained an Apostle July 3, 1870 and set apart as an Asst. counselor to President Young, May 9, 1874. He was released, Aug. 29, 1877 at the death of President Young. As a leader of the Church, Albert was despised by the Salt Lake Tribune which launched virulent attacks on him in 1874 and again in 1885. The latter attacks proved true and he was excommunicated November 7, 1885 for "lascivious conduct and adultery."  He suffered two strokes which left him paralyzed the last four years of his life.

    When he pled for clemency citing his health and repentance, he was allowed to be baptized again on November 1, 1887. He died September 19, 1889 in full fellowship with the Church.


Bibliography
   LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p.126
   2005 Church Almanac, p. 61



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