Woodruff, Wilford

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  • Wilford Woodruff (1807–98) was an American religious figure. He served as the fourth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) between 1889 and 1898. Under his administration, the church made increasing efforts to lessen tensions with American culture and particularly the U.S. government. Woodruff's pledges to abandon the church-sponsored practice of plural marriage and restrict the church's involvement with politics played a major role in the 1896 acceptance of Utah as the forty-fifth state in the union.

    Woodruff was born on March 1, 1807, in Farmington, Connecticut. His formal education lasted until the age of eighteen, when he began his occupation as a farmer. In 1833, he was baptized a member of the LDS church. Six years later, Woodruff became a part ...

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