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John Doyle Lee

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Title

John Doyle Lee

Creator

Hendrickson, Rachel

Contributor

Hendrickson, Rachel

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Names

Lee, John D.

Birth Date

1812-09-06

Birthplace

Randolph County, IL

Death Date

1877-03-23

Place of death

Mountain Meadows, UT

Sex

male

Ethnicity

American

Race

Caucasian

Family Relations

Woolsey, Agatha Ann (wife)
Woolsey, Rachel (wife)

Occupation

American frontiersman

Religions

Biographical Text

John D. Lee was an early convert of the LDS (Mormon) Church. He joined the Church prior to the Mormons leaving Missouri. He was a great friend of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young and played a key role in helping the Saints move across the plains to Utah. In Utah, he assisted Brigham Young in establishing Mormon communities throughout Southern Utah and Arizona. In 1856 Lee became the Indian Agent over Iron County, establishing peace with the local Paiute Indians. Lee is most infamously known for his involvement in the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Participants of the massacre included a combination of Paiute Indians, and local Mormons, and left 120 people dead in the Fancher-Baker party, with 17 survivors. After 20 years living in hiding, Lee was formally tried twice, declared guilty, and was executed for his involvement in the massacre. Out of all the participants of the massacre, Lee was ultimately the only man legally punished and executed.

Bibliography

Lee, John D. The Writings of John D. Lee. Compiled and edited by Samual Nyal Henrie, Tucson: Fenestra Books, 2001.

Citation

Hendrickson, Rachel, “John Doyle Lee,” The American Converts Database, accessed August 14, 2018, http://americanconverts.org/items/show/903.

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