Lee, John D. (John Doyle), 1812-1877

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Birth 1812-09-12
Death 1877-03-23

Biographical notes:

Mormon pioneer and author who was convicted of complicity in the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857.

From the description of Letter, 1852. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145435795

From the description of John D. Lee trial transcript, 1875. (Utah Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122480862

Mormon pioneer.

From the description of Petition, 1853. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367398504

From the description of Collection, 1841-1876. (Utah Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 84528640

Mormon missionary and colonizer. He was executed for his participation in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

From the description of Diary, 1840-1841. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78261741

From the description of Letter, 1875. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86104610

Mormon pioneer; John Doyle Lee served as bodyguard to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, established Lee's Ferry on the Colorado River, and hosted the Powell Expedition. He was the only person executed for participation on the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857.

From the description of Lee journal and letters, 1859-1876. (Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division). WorldCat record id: 44115257

John D. Lee, Mormon pioneer, born in Kaskaskia, Illinois, was the leader of one of the Mormon wagon trains migrating to Salt Lake City in 1848. He helped colonize southern Utah, was a probate judge of Iron County, and a member of the territorial legislature. Lee is best known for his part in the Mountain Meadows Massacre (an attack by Indians and Mormons dressed as Indians against a wagon train of settlers passing through Southern Utah in 1857). He was excommunicated from the Mormon church in 1870 and sent by Brigham Young to a remote spot on the Colorado River, now known as Lee's Ferry. When he returned home for a visit in 1875, he was taken for trial, found guilty, and executed in 1877.

From the description of Papers of John Doyle Lee, 1841-1877. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122639330


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