By Quentin Thomas Wells
Defender is the 1st and basically scholarly biography of Daniel H. Wells, one of many vital but traditionally overlooked leaders one of the nineteenth-century Mormons—leaders like Heber C. Kimball, George Q. Cannon, and Jedediah M. furnish. An grownup convert to the Mormon religion through the Mormons’ Nauvoo interval, Wells built relationships with males on the maximum degrees of the church hierarchy, emigrated to Utah with the Mormon pioneers, and served in a sequence of influential posts in either church and state.
Wells was once identified particularly as an army chief in either Nauvoo and Utah—he led the territorial defense force in 4 Indian conflicts and a disagreement with the U.S. military (the Utah War). yet he was once additionally the territorial lawyer normal and acquired identify to the entire land in Salt Lake urban from the government in the course of his tenure because the mayor of Salt Lake urban. He used to be moment Counselor to Brigham younger within the LDS Church's First Presidency and two times served as president of the Mormon ecu challenge. between those and different accomplishments, he ran companies in lumbering, coal mining, production, and gasoline creation; built roads, ferries, railroads, and public constructions; and presided over a relatives of 7 other halves and thirty-seven children.
Wells witnessed and prompted a variety of consequential occasions that formed the tradition, politics, and society of Utah within the latter half the 19th century. utilizing study from appropriate collections, resources in public documents, references to Wells within the Joseph Smith papers, different contemporaneous journals and letters, and the writings of Brigham younger, Quentin Thomas Wells has created a significant and important contribution to Mormon heritage scholarship.
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Defender: The Life of Daniel H. Wells by Quentin Thomas Wells