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 Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


The following pages contain various facts and items of information on the brethren who have been ordained as Presidents of the Church in this dispensation. The prophets are listed in order of their date of ordination. There are six sections of information.  A word of explanation is necessary for the “Apostolic Tenure” column. Under “Total” is listed the total number of years as an apostle, and under “Non-Pres” is the number of years served as an apostle before becoming the President of the Church.


                       The following abbreviations are used in the "Positions held" column:

                PR = President       1C = First Counselor            2C = Second Counselor     AC = Assistant Counselor                
                HP = High Priest     CP = Counselor to President     1E = First Elder          AN = Apostle, not in Quorum of 12
                2E = Second Elder    PQ = President of Quorum of 12  AQ = Acting President of Quorum of 12

SECTION ONE

                                                                                           Apostolic Ordination           
##             Name                   Birth date            Birth place                 Date                  Age
01        Joseph Smith               23 Dec 1805         Sharon, Vermont                May 1829          23 yr 05 mo   
02        Brigham Young              01 Jun 1801         Whitingham, Vermont         14 Feb 1835          33 yr 08 mo  
03        John Taylor                01 Nov 1808         Milnthorpe, England         19 Dec 1838          30 yr 02 mo       
04        Wilford Woodruff           01 Mar 1807         Avon, Connecticut           26 Apr 1839          32 yr 02 mo
05        Lorenzo Snow               03 Apr 1814         Mantua, Ohio                12 Feb 1849          34 yr 10 mo    
06        Joseph F Smith             13 Nov 1838         Far West, Missouri          01 Jul 1866          27 yr 07 mo  
07        Heber J Grant              22 Nov 1856         Salt Lake City, Utah        16 Oct 1882          25 yr 11 mo
08        George Albert Smith        04 Apr 1870         Salt Lake City, Utah        08 Oct 1903          33 yr 06 mo
09        David O McKay              08 Sep 1873         Huntsville, Utah            09 Apr 1906          32 yr 07 mo
10        Joseph Fielding Smith      19 Jul 1876         Salt Lake City, Utah        07 Apr 1910          33 yr 09 mo
11        Harold B Lee               28 Mar 1899         Clifton, Idaho              10 Apr 1941          42 yr 00 mo
12        Spencer W Kimball          28 Mar 1895         Salt Lake City, Utah        07 Oct 1943          48 yr 06 mo
13        Ezra Taft Benson           04 Aug 1899         Whitney, Idaho              07 Oct 1943          44 yr 02 mo
14        Howard W Hunter            14 Nov 1907         Boise, Idaho                15 Oct 1959          51 yr 11 mo
15        Gordon B Hinckley          23 Jun 1910         Salt Lake City, Utah        05 Oct 1961          51 yr 03 mo
16        Thomas S Monson            21 Aug 1927         Salt Lake City, Utah        10 Oct 1963          36 yr 02 mo
17        Russell M Nelson           09 Sep 1924         Salt Lake City, Utah        12 Apr 1984          59 yr 07 mo

SECTION TWO

                                                Quorum of        Replaced whom              Tenure as     Counselor in  
##        Name               Ordained apostle by    Twelve?       in the apostleship        Junior Apostle   Presidency?
01    Joseph Smith           Peter, James, John       No         First Elder                     --              No  
02    Brigham Young          The Three Witnesses      Yes        Original Twelve                 --              No
03    John Taylor            B Young, H C Kimball     Yes        Luke Johnson (009)          00 yr 05 mo         No
04    Wilford Woodruff       Brigham Young            Yes        Lyman Johnson (014)             --              No
05    Lorenzo Snow           Heber C Kimball          Yes        New First Presidency            --              Yes
06    Joseph F Smith         Brigham Young            Yes        Amasa M Lyman (022)         04 yr 00 mo         Yes
07    Heber J Grant          George Q Cannon          Yes        Orson Pratt (012)           01 yr 06 mo         No
08    George Albert Smith    Joseph F Smith           Yes        Brigham Young Jr (032)      00 yr 09 mo         No
09    David O McKay          Joseph F Smith           Yes        John W Taylor (041)         01 yr 06 mo         Yes
10    Joseph Fielding Smith  Joseph F Smith           Yes        John Winder (HP)                --              Yes
11    Harold B Lee           Heber J Grant            Yes        Reed Smoot (048)            01 yr 06 mo         Yes
12    Spencer W Kimball      Heber J Grant            Yes        Sylvester Q Cannon (067)        --              No
13    Ezra Taft Benson       Heber J Grant            Yes        Rudger Clawson (047)        00 yr 06 mo         No
14    Howard W Hunter        David O McKay            Yes        Stephen L Richards (058)    02 yr 00 mo         No
15    Gordon B Hinckley      David O McKay            Yes        J Reuben Clark Jr (064)     01 yr 00 mo         Yes
16    Thomas S Monson        David O McKay            Yes        Henry D Moyle  (073)        06 yr 06 mo         Yes
17    Russell M Nelson       Gordon B Hinckley        Yes        LeGrand Richards  (076)     00 yr 01 mo         No

SECTION THREE

                           Counselor to how      Acting President       President of             Apostolic Tenure
##        Name             many presidents?       of the Twelve?         the Twelve          Total        Non-president
01    Joseph Smith                 0                   --                   --            15 yr 01 mo      00 yr 00 mo
02    Brigham Young                0                   --               07 yr 08 mo       42 yr 06 mo      12 yr 10 mo
03    John Taylor                  0                   --               03 yr 00 mo       49 yr 07 mo      41 yr 09 mo
04    Wilford Woodruff             0                   --               08 yr 06 mo       59 yr 04 mo      50 yr 01 mo
05    Lorenzo Snow                 1                   --               09 yr 06 mo       52 yr 08 mo      49 yr 07 mo
06    Joseph F Smith               4                   Yes                  --            52 yr 04 mo      35 yr 03 mo
07    Heber J Grant                0                   --               02 yr 00 mo       62 yr 06 mo      36 yr 01 mo
08    George Albert Smith          0                   --               01 yr 11 mo       47 yr 06 mo      41 yr 07 mo
09    David O McKay                2                   --               00 yr 06 mo       63 yr 09 mo      45 yr 00 mo
10    Joseph Fielding Smith        1               00 yr 06 mo          18 yr 09 mo       62 yr 03 mo      59 yr 09 mo
11    Harold B Lee                 1                   --               02 yr 05 mo       32 yr 08 mo      31 yr 03 mo
12    Spencer W Kimball            0               02 yr 06 mo          01 yr 06 mo       42 yr 01 mo      30 yr 02 mo
13    Ezra Taft Benson             0                   --               11 yr 11 mo       50 yr 08 mo      42 yr 01 mo
14    Howard W Hunter              0               02 yr 07 mo          00 yr 06 mo       35 yr 04 mo      34 yr 07 mo
15    Gordon B Hinckley            3                   --               00 yr 09 mo       46 yr 04 mo      33 yr 05 mo
16    Thomas S Monson              3                   --               12 yr 11 mo       54 yr 03 mo      44 yr 04 mo
17    Russell M Nelson             0                   --               02 yr 07 mo       present


                                                       SECTION FOUR
                                   Date called        Age when called     Apostles called during     
##        Name                     as President        as President        tenure as president       Tenure as President
01    Joseph Smith                 06 Apr 1830          24 yr 03 mo           22 (001 to 022)            14 yr 02 mo
02    Brigham Young                27 Dec 1847          46 yr 07 mo           13 (023 to 035)            29 yr 08 mo
03    John Taylor                  10 Oct 1880          71 yr 11 mo           06 (036 to 041)            06 yr 09 mo
04    Wilford Woodruff             07 Apr 1889          82 yr 01 mo           05 (042 to 046)            09 yr 04 mo
05    Lorenzo Snow                 13 Sep 1898          84 yr 05 mo           02 (047 to 048)            03 yr 01 mo
06    Joseph F Smith               17 Oct 1901          62 yr 11 mo           11 (049 to 059)            17 yr 01 mo
07    Heber J Grant                23 Nov 1918          62 yr 00 mo           12 (060 to 071)            26 yr 05 mo
08    George Albert Smith          21 May 1945          75 yr 02 mo           03 (072 to 074)            05 yr 10 mo
09    David O McKay                09 Apr 1951          77 yr 07 mo           11 (075 to 085)            18 yr 09 mo
10    Joseph Fielding Smith        23 Jan 1970          93 yr 06 mo           02 (086 to 087)            02 yr 05 mo
11    Harold B Lee                 07 Jul 1972          73 yr 03 mo           01 (088)                   01 yr 06 mo
12    Spencer W Kimball            30 Dec 1973          78 yr 09 mo           07 (089 to 095)            11 yr 10 mo
13    Ezra Taft Benson             10 Nov 1985          86 yr 03 mo           03 (096 to 098)            08 yr 07 mo
14    Howard W Hunter              05 Jun 1994          86 yr 06 mo           01 (099)                   00 yr 09 mo
15    Gordon B Hinckley            12 Mar 1995          84 yr 09 mo           04 (100 to 103)            12 yr 10 mo
16    Thomas S Monson              03 Feb 2008          80 yr 05 mo           05 (104-108)               09 yr 11 mo
17    Russell M Nelson             14 Jan 2018          93 yr 04 mo


                                                     SECTION FIVE
##        Name                  Death date           Age at death           Death place                Place of burial     
01    Joseph Smith              27 Jun 1844          38 yr 06 mo         Carthage, Illinois          Nauvoo, Illinois    
02    Brigham Young             29 Aug 1877          76 yr 03 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
03    John Taylor               25 Jul 1887          78 yr 08 mo         Kaysville, Utah             Salt Lake City, Utah
04    Wilford Woodruff          02 Sep 1898          91 yr 06 mo         San Francisco, California   Salt Lake City, Utah
05    Lorenzo Snow              10 Oct 1901          87 yr 06 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Brigham City, Utah 
06    Joseph F Smith            19 Nov 1918          80 yr 00 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
07    Heber J Grant             14 May 1945          88 yr 06 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
08    George Albert Smith       04 Apr 1951          81 yr 00 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
09    David O McKay             18 Jan 1970          96 yr 04 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
10    Joseph Fielding Smith     02 Jul 1972          95 yr 11 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
11    Harold B Lee              26 Dec 1973          74 yr 09 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
12    Spencer W Kimball         05 Nov 1985          90 yr 08 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
13    Ezra Taft Benson          30 May 1994          94 yr 10 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Whitney, Idaho   
14    Howard W Hunter           03 Mar 1995          87 yr 03 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
15    Gordon B Hinckley         27 Jan 2008          97 yr 07 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
16    Thomas S Monson           02 Jan 2018          90 yr 04 mo         Salt Lake City, Utah        Salt Lake City, Utah
17    Russell M Nelson         

SECTION SIX

##        Name                   Replaced by            Positions     
01    Joseph Smith                    --               1E, PR, AN
02    Brigham Young            Francis M Lyman         PR, PQ
03    John Taylor              Anthon H Lund           PR, PQ
04    Wilford Woodruff         Rudger Clawson          PR, PQ
05    Lorenzo Snow             Hyrum Smith             PR, PQ, AC, CP
06    Joseph F Smith           Melvin J Ballard        PR, PQ, 1C, 2C
07    Heber J Grant            Matthew Cowley          PR, PQ
08    George Albert Smith      Marion G Romney         PR, PQ
09    David O McKay            Boyd K Packer           PR, PQ, 2C
10    Joseph Fielding Smith    Bruce R McConkie        PR, PQ, AQ, CP
11    Harold B Lee             L Tom Perry             PR, PQ, 1C
12    Spencer W Kimball        Joseph B Wirthlin       PR, PQ, AQ
13    Ezra Taft Benson         Jeffrey R Holland       PR, PQ
14    Howard W Hunter          Henry B Eyring          PR, PQ, AQ
15    Gordon B Hinckley        D Todd Christoffersen   PR, PQ, 1C, 2C
16    Thomas S Monson                --                PR, PQ, 1C, 2C
17    Russell M Nelson         


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