Apostles who have entered the Quorum of the 12 Apostles due to the death of a President of the Church
President of Church Deathdate Replaced in the Quorum by Date
Joseph Smith 27 Jun 1844 Charles C Rich 12 Feb 1849
Brigham Young 29 Aug 1877 Francis M Lyman 27 Oct 1880
John Taylor 25 Jul 1887 Anthon H Lund 07 Oct 1889
Wilford Woodruff 02 Sep 1898 Rudger Clawson 10 Oct 1898
Lorenzo Snow 10 Oct 1902 Hyrum Mack Smith 24 Oct 1902
Joseph F Smith 19 Nov 1918 Melvin J Ballard 07 Jan 1919
Heber J Grant 14 May 1945 Matthew Cowley 11 Oct 1945
George Albert Smith 04 Apr 1951 Marion G Romney 11 Oct 1951
David O McKay 18 Jan 1970 Boyd K Packer 09 Apr 1970
Joseph Fielding Smith 02 Jul 1972 Bruce R McConkie 12 Oct 1972
Harold B Lee 26 Dec 1973 L Tom Perry 06 Apr 1974
Spencer W Kimball 05 Nov 1985 Joseph B Wirthlin 09 Oct 1986
Ezra Taft Benson 30 May 1994 Jeffrey R Holland 23 Jun 1994
Howard W Hunter 03 Mar 1995 Henry B Eyring 06 Apr 1995
Gordon B Hinckley 27 Jan 2008 D Todd Christofferson 05 Apr 2008
Thomas S Monson 02 Jan 2018 Ulisses Soares 31 Mar 2018
- The events leading to the replacement of Joseph Smith are somewhat convoluted. Following Joseph’s death, the Twelve presided over the Church. Amasa M. Lyman, already an ordained apostle, replaced William Smith in October 1845 when Elder Smith was dropped from the Quorum of the 12. John E Page was dropped from the Quorum on February 7, 1846 and was replaced by Ezra T. Benson. Brigham Young reorganized the First Presidency on December 27, 1847, with all three members of the new 1st Presidency coming from the ranks of the Quorum of the Twelve. The first man ordained after the reorganization of the First Presidency was Charles C. Rich, so he can be considered as the replacement of Joseph Smith in the apostleship.
- It is interesting to note that Joseph Fielding Smith was replaced by his son-in-law, Bruce R. McConkie.
- It is also interesting to note that almost a year passed before Joseph B. Wirthlin replaced President Kimball.