- Born 1832 London, England
- Baptized 1850
- Married Lucetta Stratford, three children
- Ordained an Apostle and assumed position on Twelve
- Second Counselor to Joseph F. Smith, 1911-1918
- Second Counselor to Heber J. Grant, 1918-21
- First Counselor to Heber J. Grant, 1921-25
- Died 1925 Salt Lake City, Utah
Charles W. Penrose, Apostle of the Lord and Counselor
to two Presidents of the Church, was born in London, England on February
4, 1832. It is told of him, possibly apocryphally, that he read the scriptures
when he was but four years of age!
On May 14, 1850, at the age of eighteen, Charles
was introduced to the Gospel and was baptized, still residing in London.
He married Lucetta Stratford and the couple became the parents of three
After fifty-four years of service in numerous callings,
he was ordained an Apostle and took his position on the Council of the
Twelve on July 7, 1904. Joseph F. Smith
called Elder Penrose to be his Second Counselor December 7, 1911 which
position he filled with honor and distinction untill the death of President
Smith in 1918. Likewise, President Heber
J. Grant called him as Second Counselor in 1918. He remained Second
Counselor until the death of the First Counselor, Anthon
H. Lund. On March 10, 1921 he was called to be President Grant's First
Couselor in which position he served until his death in Salt Lake City
on March 16, 1925.
President Penrose wrote a series of tracts which
were used in the mission fields of the Church for over half a century.
He also penned several hyms, Among them, "God of Our Fathers" and "O Ye
Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p.256
Lawrence R. Flake, Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, p.195
2005 Church Almanac, p.58