- Randall Cluff
Cowdery, Oliver (03 October 1806–03 March 1850), Mormon leader, was born at Wells, Vermont, the son of William Cowdery, Jr., and Rebecca Fuller, farmers. When Oliver was three, his mother died, and the family moved to Poultney, Vermont, where his father remarried. Oliver lived and worked on the farm until joining his brothers in western New York in 1825. In New York he worked successively as a general store clerk, a blacksmith, and a farmer before embarking on the course that would lead him into the midst of the formation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and thereby the beginnings of Mormonism....