John W. Hess autobiography

John W. Hess autobiography

Dates: approximately 1900

Typewritten autobiography. Hess was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania and was converted to the Mormn Church in 1834. He lived with the Mormons in Missouri and Illinois and witnessed persecutions in both places. He was a member of the "Mormon Battalion" during the war with Mexico, migrated to Utah, married several women, served as a legislator in Utah, and served as a missionary to the "Washakie" (Shoshoni) Indians.

  • Extent: 1 item (9 p.)(0.02 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hess, John W., 1824-1903
  • Call Number: MSS SC 2635
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • 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 John W. Hess autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
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Initial citation: MSS SC 2635; John W. Hess autobiography; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 2635, LTPSC.
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Hess, John W., 1824-1903; United States. Army. Mormon Battalion--Sources; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Home and Family; Legislators--Utah--History; Mormon missionaries; Mormons--Illinois--History; Mormons--Missouri--History; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; Shoshoni Indians--History; Social Life and Customs
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19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Hess (John W.) autobiography
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Finding aid prepared by Benjamin Sipes
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-02T04:04-0700
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Biographical note

Mormon pioneer, politician, and polygamist.

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