Smith, Joseph Fielding
- J. Craig Peery
Smith, Joseph Fielding (19 July 1876–02 July 1972), historian and tenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Joseph F. Smith, the church’s sixth president, and Julina Lambson. He attended the LDS University (what might be thought of today as a junior college). Although he received no formal university degree, Smith assembled an extensive library during his lifetime and was an avid reader. In 1898 Smith married Louie E. Shurtliff; they had two daughters. After little more than a year of marriage, he was called to serve for two years at his own expense as a missionary in Great Britain; his wife remained in Salt Lake City. Upon completing his missionary service he took a job in the Mormon church historian’s office. In 1906 he was appointed as assistant church historian. The following year his first wife died, and in November 1908 Smith married Ethel G. Reynolds; they had nine children. After the death of his second wife, in 1938 Smith married Jessie Ella Evans; they had no children....