Frederick Granger Williams was second counselor in the original First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He played an important role in the establishment of the kingdom of God and for many years was Joseph Smith's physician, scribe, sermon writer, and closest friend. Like most early leaders of the Church, Frederick was from New England, born at Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut, on 28 October 1787, the oldest of five children born to William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Frederick was an intelligent boy, shy, and well mannered. He showed early promise as a student; but, when he was twelve, his schooling was interrupted by his family's move to Cleveland, Ohio, then a settlement of one house. His father had contracted with the Connecticut Land Company to build and operate a flour mill and a sawmill a few miles from Cleveland, for which he received the right to purchase at a reduced rate 1,306 acres of land, including his mill sites.