Cyrus H. Wheelock
Cyrus Hubbard Wheelock (February 28, 1813 – October 11, 1894) was an early leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Among other positions he was the first president of the Northern States Mission. He also wrote the words to the Latter-day Saint hymn "Ye Elders of Israel."
In 1844, Wheelock tried to convince Governor Thomas Ford of Illinois to release Joseph Smith, Jr. from Carthage Jail. Wheelock had given Smith the gun which he had when the mob attacked the jail at Carthage.
In the early 1850s, Wheelock served a mission in England and presided over the Manchester, Liverpool and Preston Conferences. In 1853, Wheelock was a counselor to Isaac Haight, president of the camp of Latter-day Saints waiting to set out from Keokuk, Iowa. Wheelock then was the captain of one of the pioneer companies that crossed the plains to Utah Territory. In 1854, Wheelock became the president of the 37th Quorum of the Seventy.
In 1878, Wheelock was made president of the Northern States Mission which then consisted of the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Wheelock served as mission president for just over a year. He died in Mount Pleasant, Utah Territory.
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