Transcript for Andrew Jenson, "Middle States Mission," Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Publishing Co., 1941), 497-98
MIDDLE STATES MISSION (United States) during its brief existence (1902-1903) comprised the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio, with headquarters at Cincinnati, Ohio.
Pres. Ben E. Rich of the Southern States Mission having suggested that the northern part of said mission be detached to form another mission, the Middle States Mission was created at a meeting of the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles held at Salt Lake City May 22, 1902. Ben E. Rich was released from the presidency of the Southern States Mission to take charge of the newly organized Middle States Mission, and Ephraim H. Nye was released from the presidency of the California Mission to succeed Ben E. Rich as president of the Southern States Mission. In June, 1903, the state of West Virginia. was transferred from the Middle States to the Eastern States Mission.
Pres. Ephraim H. Nye died suddenly of heart failure May 15, 1903, and at a meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles held in Salt Lake City June 18, 1903, the Middle States Mission was dissolved and the territory covered by said mission transferred back to the Southern States Mission. At the same time Ben E. Rich was appointed to succeed Ephraim H. Nye as president of the Southern States Mission.