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Orson Pratt. Engraving by Charles Bryan Hall, late nineteenth century, from an 1852 daguerreotype. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-90031).


Pratt, Orson (19 September 1811–03 October 1881), Mormon religious leader, was born in Hartford, Washington County, New York, the son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson, farmers. At age nineteen Pratt joined the recently organized (1830) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), being baptized by his brother ...


Snow, Eliza Roxcy (21 January 1804–05 December 1887), Mormon women's leader and writer, Mormon women’s leader and writer, was born in Becket, Massachusetts, the daughter of Oliver Snow, a farmer, and Rosetta Pettibone. Reared from age two in the Ohio frontier town of Mantua, she excelled in the common schools she attended but lacked opportunity for higher education. Of literary bent, she began in 1826 publishing poetry under various pseudonyms—“Narcissa,” “Pocahontas,” and “Tullia” among them—in Ohio newspapers. She assisted her father, a county official, as his secretary. Her early training “to the kitchen” also included the domestic duties required of children. Tailoring and weaving straw hats were her specialties....