Brigham Henry Roberts (1857-1933)

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Alternate Names B. H. Roberts
Birth 13 March 1857
Warrington, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Marriage Sarah Louisa Smith, 24 January 1878
Celia Dibble, 2 October 1884
Margaret Curtis Shipp, 1 April 1900
Death 27 September 1933
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, United States
Gender Male
Religious Influence The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Callings Assistant Church Historian, 1902-1933
President of the Eastern States Mission, 1922-1927
First Council of the Seventy, 7 Oct 1888 - 27 Sep 1933
Occupations Editor of The Contributor
Authority Control
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LCCN n79043411
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VIAF 68957278
Wikidata Q447850
Wikipedia B. H. Roberts
WorldCat Roberts, B. H. (Brigham Henry) 1857-1933

Brigham Henry Roberts was born 13 March 1857 to Benjamin Roberts and Ann Everington.[1] Almost a decade later, Roberts emigrated to the United States[2] and traveled with the William Henry Chipman Company to Utah.[3] He was baptized in 1867 and settled in Bountiful, Utah. On 24 January 1878, Roberts married Sarah Louisa Smith and later that year graduated from the University of Deseret. He died 27 September 1933 at Salt Lake City, Utah.

Published Works

  • The Gospel: An Exposition of its First Principles (1888)
  • The Life of John Taylor, Third President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1892)
  • Outlines of Ecclesiastical History (1893)
  • Succession in the Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1894, 1900)
  • A New Witness for God (1895, 1911)
  • The Missouri Persecutions (1900)
  • The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo (1900)
  • Corianton: a Nephite story (1902)
  • History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in 7 volumes (1902–1932)
  • New Witnesses for God, Volume II: The Book of Mormon (1903, 1909, 1920)
  • The Mormon Doctrine of Deity: the Roberts-Van der Donckt Discussion (1903)
  • The Seventy's Course in Theology, in 5 volumes (1907-1912)
  • Defense of the Faith and the Saints, in 2 volumes (vol. 1 1907, vol. 2 1912)
  • Joseph Smith, the Prophet-Teacher: A Discourse (1908)
  • New Witnesses for God, Part III: The Evidences of the Truth of the Book of Mormon (1909)
  • The Church as an Organization for Social Service (1916)
  • The Mormon Battalion; its History and Achievements (1919)
  • Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Century I (1930)
  • The "Falling Away"; or, The World's Loss of the Christian Religion and Church (1931)
  • Rasha—the Jew; a Message to All Jews (1932)
  • Discourses of B.H. Roberts of the First Council of the Seventy (1948)
  • Studies of the Book of Mormon (1985)
  • The autobiography of B. H. Roberts, edited by Gary James Bergera (1990)
  • History's apprentice: the diaries of B. H. Roberts, 1880-1898, edited by John Sillito (2004)


Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

  • Bitton, Davis. "B. H. Roberts and Book of Mormon Scholarship: Early Twentieth Century: Age of Transition." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8, no. 2 (1999): 60-69.
  • Jenson, Andrew. "Roberts, Brigham Henry." LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 1. Salt Lake City, Utah: Andrew Jenson History Company, 1901. Pages 205-6. (accessed 13 Mar 2015).
  • Madsen, Truman G. Defender of the Faith: The B. H. Roberts Story. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1980.
  • _______. "B. H. Roberts and the Book of Mormon." BYU Studies 19, no. 3 (Summer 1979): 427-45.
  • Roberts, Richard C. A history of the B. H. Roberts family. Salt Lake City: Eborn Books, 2009.
  • Walker, Ronald W. "B. H. Roberts and the Woodruff Manifesto." BYU Studies 22, no. 3 (Summer 1982): 363-66.
  • Warner, Ted J. "B. H. Roberts on a Non-Mormon Topic: An Exercise in Historiography." BYU Studies 16, no. 2 (Spring 1976): 409-14.

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  1. Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 1, page 205.
  2. "Liverpool to New York 30 Apr 1866 - 6 Jun 1866," Mormon Migration,
  3. "Brigham Henry Roberts," Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database