160 years ago today - Mar 19, 1862

George A Smith: Declined offer 19 Mar. 1862 to become Presiding Patriarch in place of current patriarch John Smith (b. 1832)

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

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