140 years ago today - Oct 8, 1882

Theodore B. Lewis is the first Civil War soldier and former prisoner to be sustained as a general authority, and he is also the only Confederate Army veteran appointed. Despite being publicly sustained as a new member of the First Council of the Seventy, Lewis's appointment is cancelled the next day when the First Presidency learns he is also a high priest.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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