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 The Longest periods of service as First & Second Counselor in the First Presidency

In calculating the length of service as 1st or 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency, the service could be as just 1st Counselor or 2nd Counselor, or as combined time as 1st and 2nd Counselor. The service could be as a counselor to just one President of the Church or with more than one President.


      Counselor           Total length of service                 Position              Church President(s)

 J Reuben Clark, Jr         28 years 05 months          First and Second Counselor   H J Grant, G A Smith, D O McKay

  Thomas S Monson            22 years 03 months          First and Second Counselor   E T Benson, H W Hunter, G Hinckley

 Daniel H Wells             20 years 08 months          Second Counselor             Brigham Young

 Heber C Kimball            20 years 06 months          First Counselor              Brigham Young

 Anthon H Lund              19 years 04 months          First and Second Counselor   Joseph F Smith, Heber J Grant

 Joseph F Smith             19 years 03 months          First and Second Counselor   J Taylor, W Woodruff, L Snow

 Nathan Eldon Tanner        19 years 01 month           First and Second Counselor   D McKay, J Smith, H Lee, S Kimball

 George Q Cannon            18 years 09 months          First and Second Counselor   J Taylor, W Woodruff, L Snow

 David O McKay              16 years 06 months          Second Counselor             Heber J Grant, George A Smith

  Anthony W Ivins            13 years 07 months          First and Second Counselor   Heber J Grant

 Gordon B Hinckley          12 years 03 months          First and Second Counselor   S W Kimball, E T Benson, H W Hunter 

Additional Note:  President Gordon B. Hinckley served as an Additional Counselor to President Kimball for 01 yr 05 mo.  Including this additional time, President Hinckley served 13 yr 08 mo as a counselor in the First Presidency.  Also, President Henry B. Eyring began his service as a counselor in the First Presidency on October 6, 2007.  As of October 2023, he has served as First or Second Counselor in the First Presidency for 16 years.

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