Jesse Knight, Mining in Utah, Mormon Philanthropy, Charity, Mormon Entrepreneurs, Nineteenth-Century Biography
Born in Nauvoo, Illinois to faithful Mormon parents, Jesse Knight later withdrew from activity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). In this biographical sketch, the events associated with his “religious awakening” are recounted, as are the circumstances that led to his amassing a fortune in the mining industry. Considering his wealth to be a stewardship from the Lord, he used it to create jobs for the unemployed, promote education, encourage wholesome recreation, and save the credit of the LDS Church. “Uncle Jesse” was an example of kindness and generosity to all.
Original Publication Citation
J. Michael Hunter, "Jesse Knight and His Humbug Mine," Pioneer 51, no. 2 (2004): 9-15.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hunter, J. Michael, "Jesse Knight and His Humbug Mine" (2004). All Faculty Publications. 1405.
Sons of Utah Pioneers
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