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History of the Church Series

William W. Phelps
October 11, 2017
History of the Church Series
William W. Phelps's Service in Nauvoo as Joseph Smith's Political Clerk
Bruce A. Van Orden

This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Bruce A. Van Orden. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to Utah in the 20th century. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

William W. Phelps, one of Joseph Smith's most intimate associates, worked very closely with Joseph Smith during the Nauvoo period. He labored in several Church positions but served primarily as the Prophet's political clerk during the apex of Joseph's career. In this position, he was the Prophet's second most important clerk.