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KIMBALL, Heber Chase, Mormon leader, born in Sheldon, Franklin County, Vermont, 14 June, 1801; died in Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 June, 1868. He received a common school education, worked in his father's blacksmith-shop in West Bloomfield, New York, afterward learned the potter's trade with a brother, purchased the business, and carried it on for ten years in Mendon, Monroe County, New York he married at the age of twenty-one. On 15 April, 1832, he was baptized into the church of the Latter Day Saints in Victor, New York, being ordained an elder by Joseph Smith in 1832, and was chosen one of the twelve Mormon apostles on 14 February, 1835. In the autumn of 1838 he was taken prisoner by the troops, but, not being so well known in Missouri as the other leaders, was released with Brigham Young, and with him led the Mormons into Illinois, where they established their church at Commerce, and afterward at Nauvoo. He went with Young on a mission to England, and remained nearly two years, returning in the summer of 1841. He left Nauvoo on 17 February, 1846, after the exodus had begun, and was one of the pioneer band that encamped in the valley of the Great Salt Lake on 24 July, 1847. In the autumn he returned to the winter-quarters on the Missouri river to assist in the next season's emigration. On 27 December, 1847, he was chosen to be a counsellor of Brigham Young in the presidency of the Mormon church.
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