Alternate Names
Society Islands
1844 April 30
No dates given.

Organized as the Society Islands Mission in 1844, missionary work ceased in 1852. In January 1892, missionaries from the Samoan Mission arrived in Tahiti. The Society Islands Mission was reorganized later that year. In 1907 it was renamed the Tahitian Mission.

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Mission Founded

1844 April 30

Missionaries Arrive

1844 May 4

Shortly after the organization of the mission the first missionaries arrive.

Addison Pratt Called as President

1845 July–1847 March See Missionaries

Mission Closed

1852 May 16

Government pressure prevented work from continuing in the mission and it was closed when the mission president, Addison Pratt, departed.

Mission Reopened

1892 January –April 29

In January 1892, Joseph W. Damron and William A. Seegmiller were sent from the Samoan Mission to recommence missionary work in Tahiti. The Society Islands Mission was formally reopened on 29 April 1892.

James Stephens Brown Called as President

1892 April–1893 July See Missionaries

Joseph Warren Damron Jr. Called as President

1893 July–1895 May See Missionaries

Frank Atkinson Cutler Called as President

1895 April–1896 September See Missionaries

Daniel Thomas Miller Called as President

1896 June–1899 July See Missionaries

William Henry Chamberlin Jr. Called as President

1899 July–1900 March See Missionaries

Headquarters Move


The mission home was located at Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands.

Joseph Young Haight Called as President

1900 March–1902 July See Missionaries

Edward Spackman Hall Called as President

1903 February–1907 August See Missionaries

Temporary Mission President Change

1905 July –October

Franklin J. Fullmer temporarily oversaw the mission from July to October while Edward S. Hall traveled to Utah.

Mission Renamed

1907 August 22

The mission was renamed the Tahitian Mission.

Periodical Published

1907 October

A new mission periodical, Te Heheuraa Api, began its run and was published until the end of 1961.

Franklin Junius Fullmer Called as President

1911 September–1914 June See Missionaries

Ira Hyer Called as President

1914 June–1915 April See Missionaries

Temporary Mission President Change

1919 July–1920 February

L. John McCullough served as temporary mission president after the departure of Ernest C. Rossiter in July 1919 until the arrival of Leonidas H. Kennard Jr. in February 1920.

Leonidas Hamlin Kennard Jr. Called as President

1920 January–1922 August See Missionaries

Ole Bertrand Peterson Called as President

1922 June–1925 May See Missionaries

Temporary Mission President Change

1925 May–1926 May

Herbert B. Foulger was appointed mission president on 5 May 1925 by Ole B. Peterson when Peterson was departing and no formal successor had been appointed.

Stanley W. Bird served as temporary mission president between the departure of Herbert B. Foulger on 7 April 1926 and the arrival of Alma G. Burton on 29 May of that same year.

George William Burbidge Called as President

1929 April–1933 July See Missionaries

Boundary Change


At the end of 1930, the mission consisted of four districts: Tahiti, Tubuai, Upper Tuamotu, and Lower Tuamotu. The mission office was located in Papeete, Tahiti.

Thomas Lambert Woodbury Called as President

1936 December–1938 January See Missionaries

Kenneth Richards Stevens Sr. Called as President

1938 July–1940 August See Missionaries

Eugene Mousley Cannon Called as President

1940 July 17–December 16 See Missionaries

Edgar Bentley Mitchell Jr. Called as President

1945–1949 See Missionaries

Le Roy Mallory Called as President

1949 December–1952 March See Missionaries
Tahitian (1844 - ?) Profile
Tahitian Mission Home
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Missionaries to Tahiti
Mission Conference, December 1939
Tahiti missionaries, March 1906