Jacob Gates papers

Jacob Gates papers

Dates: 1872

Collection contains materials pertaining to a lawsuit regarding Jacob Gates's father, Thomas', previously-owned property in Salt Lake City, Utah. It includes letters between George A. Smith, a representative of the Mormon Church and Jacob Gates. The correspondence describes the dispute surrounding the Church's attempt to purchase Thomas Gates's property without the permission of the Gates family. Much of the content is a description of property laws and a progression of the law suit regarding this matter. Dated circa 1872. Items were housed in an envelope, included, dated October 3, 1895, when the lawsuit was filed.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Gates, Jacob, 1811-1892. -- Smith, George Albert, 1817-1875
  • Call Number: MSS 8904
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Jacob Gates papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8904; Jacob Gates papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8904, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Mary B. Kirk, great-granddaughter of Jacob Gates, in 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Mary B. Kirk; August 3, 2016.
Subject Terms
Politics, Government, and Law; Civil Procedure and Courts; Mormon Church; Letters; Gates, Jacob, 1811-1892; Smith, George Albert, 1817-1875
Processing Information
Processed; Rebecca Fetzer; 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013.)
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Finding Aid Title
Gates (Jacob) papers
Finding Aid Author
Rebecca Fetzer
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-01-10 15:44:38 -0700.
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Biographical History

Jacob Gates (1811-1892) was an early Mormon leader and one of the first members of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jacob Gates was born on May 9, 1811, to Thomas Gates and Patty Plumbly in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. From an early age, he worked as a farmer with his father, and eventually became a carpenter. While his work was broad and constant, Gates' education was very limited. On March 16, 1833, Gates married Millie (Mary) M. Snow. That same year, Jacob Gates was baptized into the Mormon Church by Orson Pratt and was confirmed a member of the Church that same day by Zerubbabel Snow. In 1834, the newlyweds moved to Missouri.

Under the hands of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon in 1838, Gates was ordained a member of the Seventy. He practiced plural marriage and married three other women, and eventually fathered a total of thirteen children. Gates successfully traveled from Missouri to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1854. He served a Mormon mission from 1859 to 1861 in Liverpool, England, where he was informed by Brigham Young that he had been called one of the First Council of Seventies. He was ordained to that position in 1862.

Jacob Gates' political career began once he moved to St. George, Utah. There he served as a member of the county court for several years, and was elected a member of the house of representatives of the legislative assembly of the Utah Territory every year between 1864-1867. On May 12, 1866, he was appointed brigade aide-de-camp, First Brigade of the Nauvoo Legion Militia of Utah, with the rank of colonel of infantry. Jacob Gates died at his residence in Provo, Utah on April 14, 1892.

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