Albert Carrington was born 8 January 1813 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont, United States to Daniel Van Carrington (1767-1827) and Isabella Bowman (1787-1866) and died 19 September 1889 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Rhoda Maria Woods (1822-1886) 6 December 1838 in Wisconsin.

Albert Carrington was an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Early life

Carrington was born in Royalton, Vermont. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1833 and taught school and studied law in Pennsylvania.[1][2] In 1839, he married Rhoda Maria Woods.[1] The Carringtons were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Wiota, Wisconsin, on July 18, 1841, and in 1844 moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, to join the gathering of Latter Day Saints.[2][1] In January 1846, Carrington took Mary Rock as a plural wife.[1] Following the death of Joseph Smith, Carrington followed Brigham Young to the Salt Lake Valley.[2]

In Utah Territory

Carrington was the editor of the LDS Church-owned Deseret News from 1854 to 1856 and again from 1862 until 1867.[2] He was elected multiple times to the Legislative Council in the Utah territorial legislature until 1868.[2]

While serving as Brigham Young's secretary, in 1849 Carrington was hired by Howard Stansbury to make a survey of the Great Salt Lake. Carrington accompanied Stansbury to Washington, D.C., in 1850 to report on the expedition's efforts and returned to Utah in 1851.[3]

Church service

Carrington became an apostle and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve on July 3, 1870. He was the president of the European Mission four times—once prior to becoming an apostle (1868–70) and three times as an apostle (1871–73, 1875–77, 1880–82).[2] Carrington was the tenth official Church Historian of the LDS Church between 1871 and 1874. From 1873 until 1877, he was a counselor to Young in the First Presidency and served as Young's personal secretary for more than 20 years.[2]

Excommunication and readmission

Carrington was excommunicated from the LDS Church by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on November 7, 1885, for adultery, fornication, and "lewd and lascivious conduct".[1] Carrington's extramarital relationships had begun in England while he was the mission president; he had hid these relationships from the leaders of the church for over 10 years and had lied to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles about them when rumors about Carrington began spreading.[1] (The Salt Lake Tribune first accused Carrington of adultery in 1875.)


Offspring of Albert Carrington and Rhoda Maria Woods (1822-1886)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jane Maria Carrington (1840-1905) 26 February 1840 Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, United States 11 November 1905 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Brigham Young (1836-1903)
John Daniel Carrington (1842-1846)
Mary Carrington (1843-1844)
Isabel Carrington (1843-1844)
Albert Carrington (1845-1847)
Young Brigham Carrington (1847-1848)
Frances Woods Carrington (1849-1908) 19 July 1849 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 6 May 1908 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Zebulon William Jacobs (1842-1914)
Charles Heber Woods Carrington (1852-1905)
Rhoda Alice Woods Carrington (1854-1906)
Brigham Woods Carrington (1856-)
Baby Carrington (1859-1859)
Sara Woods Carrington (1859-1859)
Louisa Coarrington (1861-1861)
William Gridley Carrington (1863-1863)
Clara Carrington (1864-1864)
Calvin Saxton Carrington (1866-1930)

Offspring of Albert Carrington and Mary Ann Rock (1822-1904)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Albert Rock Carrington (1849-1881)
Mary Rock Carrington (1851-1926)
Lucy Rock Carrington (1854-1879)
Irene Isabel Carrington (1857-1905)
Henry Rock Carrington (1858-1907)



See Also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bergera, Gary James (Summer 2011), "Transgressions in the Latter-day Saint Community: The Cases of Albert Carrington, Richard R. Lyman, and Joseph F. Smith — Part 1: Albert Carrington", Journal of Mormon History 37 (3): 119-161, 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Jenson Historical Company, 1901) vol. 1, pp. 126–27.
  3. ^ Madsen, Brigham D. (Spring 1988), "Stansbury's Expedition to the Great Salt Lake, 1849-50", Utah Historical Quarterly 56 (2): 150-59, .

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