People of the Time

Brief biographical sketches for selected persons mentioned in Joseph Smith’s papers. Names listed in this directory include church leaders and members, Smith family members, people Joseph Smith encountered in his travels, parties involved in legal and business matters, and other acquaintances.

William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872

Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer; born at Hanover, Morris Co.[...]


Parley P. Pratt

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857

Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author; born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York.[...]

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[...]