- Michael J. Latzer
Whitmer, David (07 January 1805–25 January 1888), early Mormon leader, was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of Peter Whitmer, Sr., and Mary Musselman, farmers. When David was four the family moved to a farm in Fayette, New York, in a region known as the “burnt-over district,” so named because of the waves of religious revivalism that swept through the area in the first few decades of the nineteenth century. Many members of the Whitmer family were caught up in this religious fervor. An acquaintance, Reverend Diedrich Willers, wrote in 1830 that during the preceding nine years the Whitmers had been followers of, successively, “the Methodists, Reformers, Presbyterians, Mennonites, and Baptists” ( ...