License for Christian Whitmer, 9 June 1830

The newly founded Church of Christ followed the standard nineteenth-century Christian church practice of issuing certificates and licenses as public proclamations of affiliation and ordination. Among the earliest converts to Mormonism, Christian Whitmer was one of a number who received licenses to represent the church. This license was issued at the church’s first conference.
Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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drafted this license, designated “A License Liberty Power & Authority” at Fayette Township

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, New York, for Christian Whitmer

18 Jan. 1798–27 Nov. 1835. Shoemaker. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Married Anna (Anne) Schott, 22 Feb. 1825, at Seneca Co., New York. Ensign in New York militia, 1825. Constable of Fayette, Seneca Co., 1828–1829. Member...

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on 9 June 1830 . It was signed by JS and Oliver Cowdery, who served as first and second elders of the church. The license identified Christian Whitmer as a teacher.