George Albert Smith (June 26, 1817 – September 1, 1875) (commonly known as George A. Smith to distinguish him from his grandson of the same name) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and as a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
Smith played a prominent role in the chain of events preceding the Mountain Meadows Massacre on September 11, 1857. The city of St. George, Utah, is named after him.
Smith was born in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York, the son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman, and a nephew of Joseph Smith, Sr. In September 1832, at the age of 15, George A. Smith was baptized into the Church of Christ founded by his cousin Joseph Smith The following year, John Smith and his family moved to Kirtland, Ohio, the church's headquarters. There Smith met his cousin, Joseph, for the first time. In 1838, he moved with his parents and a large body of church members to the state of Missouri...
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