Smith, Alexander Hale


2 June 1838–12 Aug. 1909. Photographer, carpenter, postmaster, minister. Born at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Son of JS and Emma Hale. Moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois, 1839. Married Elizabeth Agnes Kendall, 23 June 1861, at Nauvoo. Baptized into RLDS church by Joseph Smith III, 25 May 1862, at Nauvoo. Ordained an elder in RLDS church, 8 Apr. 1863. Served several missions for RLDS church. Ordained a high priest in RLDS church, 12 Apr. 1866. Moved to Colfax, Harrison Co., Missouri, 1870. Ordained an apostle in RLDS church, 10 Apr. 1873, at Plano, Kendall Co., Illinois. Moved to Stewartsville, De Kalb Co., Missouri, early 1882; to Independence, Jackson Co., Missouri, July 1882; and to Lamoni, Decatur Co., Iowa, 2 Apr. 1888. Ordained president of RLDS church Quorum of the Twelve, 15 Apr. 1890, at Lamoni. Appointed counselor to RLDS church president and as RLDS patriarch, 12 Apr. 1897. Moved to Fayette, Decatur Co., by June 1900. Died at Nauvoo. Buried at Lamoni.