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John W. Taylor (Mormon)

John W. Taylor
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
May 15, 1884 (1884-05-15) – April 1905
Called by John Taylor
End reason Resigned from Quorum in opposition to church's stance against plural marriage
LDS Church Apostle
May 15, 1884 (1884-05-15) – March 28, 1911 (1911-03-28)[1]
Called by John Taylor
Reason Death of Charles C. Rich
End reason Excommunicated for opposition to church's stance against plural marriage
at end of term
No apostles ordained[2]
Personal details
Born John Whittaker Taylor
(1858-05-15)May 15, 1858
Provo, Utah Territory, United States
Died October 10, 1916(1916-10-10) (aged 58)
Forest Dale, Utah, United States
Cause of death Stomach cancer
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
Spouse(s) 6
Parents John Taylor
Sophia Whitaker

John Whitaker Taylor (May 15, 1858 – October 10, 1916) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and was the son of John Taylor, the third president of the church. While he was an apostle, Taylor was excommunicated from the LDS Church for opposing the church's abandonment of plural marriage.


  • Family and occupation 1
  • Church service and conflict 2
  • Honors 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Family and occupation

John W. Taylor was born in county clerk and a newspaper editor.

Taylor's son Samuel W. Taylor became his biographer and a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction.

Church service and conflict

In the LDS Church, Taylor was ordained as a deacon around 1872 and as a teacher in 1874. He also served as missionary in the United States, Canada, and England. Taylor was asked to be an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the church by his father. He was ordained on May 15, 1884, his 26th birthday.

Taylor was a staunch believer in the doctrine of Orson F. Whitney, and David O. McKay.

Taylor disputed with the Quorum of the Twelve often after his resignation. He was finally excommunicated on March 28, 1911 for continued opposition to the Second Manifesto.[4][5] However, he remained a believer in Mormonism up to his death. He died of stomach cancer at his home in Forest Dale, Salt Lake County, Utah, at age 58.[6] He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.

In August 1916, Taylor was posthumously baptized by proxy and reinstated into the church by two stake presidents. However, a year later, the First Presidency officially stated that the reinstatement was null and void. He was later officially rebaptized and on May 21, 1965, received the ordinance of Restoration of Blessings by proxy under the hands of Joseph Fielding Smith, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, with the unanimous approval of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.[7][8][9]


The Taylor Stake of the LDS Church, which was headquartered in Raymond, Alberta, was named in Taylor's honor. As an apostle, Taylor had made considerable efforts to assist the Mormon settlers in Canada. The Taylor Stake was renamed the Raymond Alberta Stake in the 1970s.

In the 2000s, the town of Raymond built a street named Taylor Street in his honor. An LDS Church chapel was built on the street, and it is named the Taylor Street Chapel.

Grave marker of John W. Taylor.

See also


  1. ^ Taylor resigned from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in April 1905; however, he remained an ordained apostle of the church until his excommunication in 1911.
  2. ^ Since Taylor had been removed from the Quorum of the Twelve in 1905, his excommunication occasioned no vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve.
  3. ^ a b c Thomas G. Alexander, Mormonism in Transition: A History of the Latter-day Saints, 1890–1930 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986) pp. 65–66.
  4. ^ Victor W. Jorgensen & B. Carmon Hardy, "The Taylor–Cowley Affair and the Watershed of Mormon History", Utah Historical Quarterly 48:4 (1980).
  5. ^ "Disciplining the Rebellious".  
  6. ^ State of Utah Death Certificate.
  7. ^ Deseret News Church Almanac
  8. ^ Samuel W. Taylor (1974, rev. ed.). Family Kingdom (Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics).
  9. ^ Jerry H. Houck, Witnesses of Christ: Prophets and Apostles of Our Dispensation (Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort, 2015) s.v. "John W. Taylor".


  • Terrence C. Smith and Reed Turner (eds.) (2001). A Planting of the Lord : A Century of the Latter-day Saints in Raymond, 1901–2001 (Raymond, Alberta: Raymond Alberta Stake) ISBN 0-9689691-0-0
  • Samuel W. Taylor (1971). Family Kingdom (Salt Lake City, Utah: Zion Book Store) ISBN 0-914740-14-8

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Heber J. Grant
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
May 15, 1884 – April 1905
Succeeded by
Marriner W. Merrill
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