A Gifted Gentleman in Perpetual Motion: John Taylor as an Emigration Agent
Mormon Studies, John Taylor, emigration
Though a good deal of biographical information has been compiled on various aspects of the life of John Taylor, one chapter largely neglected is the catalytic and multifaceted role President Taylor played during the years he labored in New York City (1855–57), especially as it pertains to emigration matters. During this short span of time, this gifted British convert not only presided over the entire Eastern States Mission but also launched and edited the Latter-day Saint periodical the Mormon. In addition, shortly after his arrival on the eastern seaboard in 1855, he supervised the multiple needs of over eight thousand incoming Latter-day Saint immigrants who disembarked at either New York City, Philadelphia, or Boston.
Original Publication Citation
Fred E. Woods, “A Gifted Gentleman in Perpetual Motion: John Taylor as an Emigration Agent,” in John Taylor Champion of Liberty, Brigham Young University Church History Symposium, ed. Mary Jane Woodger (Provo: Religious Studies Center, BYU, 2009), 171—91.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Woods, Fred, "A Gifted Gentleman in Perpetual Motion: John Taylor as an Emigration Agent" (2009). Faculty Publications. 5627.
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