Franklin Dewey Richards

Alternate Names
Birth Date
1821 April 2
Death Date
1899 December 9
Gender
Male

Born in Richmond, Berkshire, Massachusetts

1821 April 2
Mother
Wealthy Dewey
Father
Phineas Howe Richards

Baptized by Phineas Richards

1838 June 3 (Age 17)

Served in Northern States Mission

1840–1841 (Age 18) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Single
Additional Notes

This mission is mentioned in LDS Biographical Encyclopedia and JS Papers.

Served in Northern States Mission

1840–1841 (Age 19) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Single
Priesthood Office
Seventy
Residence When Called
Illinois
Additional Notes

JH: 21 July 1840 LDS Bio Ency: Vol 1, p. 115 Note: JH entry is a letter from Franklin D. Richards in which he states that he was preaching in Farmington, Fulton, Illinois and a place called Walnut Grove, some 35 miles north.

Served in Northern States Mission

1841 November–1842 June (Age 20) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Single
Priesthood Office
Seventy
Additional Notes

This mission is mentioned in the JS Papers and the LDS Bio Encyclopedia.

Served in Joseph Smith Presidential Campaign Mission

1844 April 15–January (Age 23) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Office
High-priest
Additional Notes

JH: 15 Apr 1844 - The names of FDR and his brother Samuel W. Richards appear as missionaries assigned to labor in the State of Indiana. Mission was to assist Joseph Smith's presidential campaign and preach the gospel in Indiana. (Journal History, April 15, 1844, p. 2)

Served in British Mission

1844 May 17–October 2 (Age 23) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Office
High-priest
Residence When Called
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Set Apart By
B Young, H C Kimball, W Richards
Additional Notes

JH: 17 and 21st of May 1844 - FDR and Joseph A. Stratton were ordained High Priests and set apart to go on a mission to England by Elders B. Young, H. C. Kimball, and Willard Richards. on the 21st, FDR, among many others, left Nauvoo on the steamer "Osprey" for his mission to England.

Served in Eastern States Mission

1844 October 6 (Age 23) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Office
High-priest
Residence When Called
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Additional Notes

Franklin D. Richards was called to fill a mission at the general conference held Oct. 6, 7, and 8, 1844 at Nauvoo, Illinois.

Served in Northern States Mission

1845 January 12–April 3 (Age 23) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Other
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Office
High-priest
Residence When Called
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
Additional Notes

Served a mission to Michigan to raise funds for construction of the Nauvoo Temple. He traveled over a thousand miles and gathered nearly $500 for this purpose. This mission is mentioned in the JS Papers and in the LDS Bio Encyclopedia.

Served in British Mission

1846 July–1848 May (Age 25) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Office
High-priest
Residence When Called
Winter Quarters, Iowa
Additional Notes

JH: 31 July 1846, Feb 20 and May 21, 1848 - From the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt - He states that on the same ship with him to England were FDR and Samuel W. Richards. Feb 20th, FDR prayed in the temple at Nauvoo (From the Historian's Camp Journal at Sugar Creek Camp). On May 21, Elder Richards, with two others, voted that the Twelve should stay and outfit the brethren. LR 1140 2 Image 32 Arrived in England: 14 October 1846 Departed: 20 February 1848

Served in British Mission

1849 October 19 (Age 28) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Great Salt Lake, Great Salt Lake, Deseret, United States
Additional Notes

JH: Oct 6, 7, 19, 1849 - At a semi-annual conference held in Kanesville, Iowa, FDR was again sustained to the apostleship. On the 7th, in SLC, he was again sustained as an apostle. (page 1) FDR, among others, was appointed to a committee to raise funds for the Perpetual Fund to gather the poor. (page 4) Also on page 4, FDR was appointed to go to England on a mission. On Oct. 19th, FDR and other missionaries left the GSL Valley on their several missions.

Served in British Mission

1850 March–1851 January (Age 28) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Great Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake, Deseret, United States
Additional Notes

MS 12:139; 14:216.

Called as President to British Mission

1851 January–1852 May (Age 29) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Great Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Additional Notes

Called as President to British Mission

1854 June–1856 July (Age 33) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Great Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Additional Notes

On this his third mission to Great Britain, Franklin D. Richards presided over the European Mission. Sources: British Mission Records, 1854, No. 4, and JH: 7 Apr 1854. The JH for the preceding date indicates that in a conference in the Tabernacle, Franklin D. Richards was sustained as a member of the Twelve Apostles. LR 1140 2, Image 11 and 10

Images
British Missionaries, Liverpool 1855

Called as President to British Mission

1866 August–1868 October (Age 45) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Great Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Additional Notes

Served again as President of the European Mission, July 1867

Served in Southern States Mission

1883 October 8 (Age 62) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Genealogy
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Additional Notes

Death in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States

1899 December 9 (Age 78)
Media
Franklin Dewey Richards (1821 - 1899) Profile
British Missionaries, Liverpool 1855

Sources