Charles W. Nibley
First Presidency in 1928 L-R: Anthony W. Ivins, First Counselor; Heber J. Grant, President; Charles W. Nibley, Second Counselor
Full name Charles Wilson Nibley
Born February 5, 1849(1849-02-05)
Place of birth Hunterfield, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died December 11, 1931 (aged 82)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah
LDS Church General Authority
Presiding Bishop
Called by Joseph F. Smith
Start of term December 4, 1907 (aged 58)
End of term May 28, 1925 (aged 76)
End reason Called as Second Counselor in First Presidency
Second Counselor in the First Presidency
Called by Heber J. Grant
Start of term May 28, 1925 (aged 76)
End of term December 11, 1931 (aged 82)
End reason Death

Charles Wilson Nibley (5 February 1849 – 11 December 1931) was the fifth presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) between 1907 and 1925 and a member of the church's First Presidency from 1925 until his death.

Early life

Nibley was born in Hunterfield, Midlothian, Scotland to James Nibley and Jean Wilson. In 1855, his family moved to the United States to join with the main body of Latter-day Saints. They spent some time living in Rhode Island, then moved the rest of the way to the Utah Territory. The family was sent north to settle in Cache Valley, and eventually settled in Wellsville.

As an adult, Nibley moved to Brigham City, Utah, where he worked for Morris Rosenbaum (a Jewish convert to Mormonism) [1] and later became a partner in the store where he worked. It was there he met Rebecca Neibar (who was the sister of one of Rosenbaum's wives) and was married in 1869. Following the Mormon practice of the time, Nibley practiced plural marriage, marrying Ellen Ricks in 1880 and Julia Budge in 1885.

Business ventures

Nibley participated in many business ventures and was usually successful. In 1889, he joined with David Eccles and George Stoddard to form the Oregon Lumber Company. Nibley also became involved in railroads, insurance, banking, politics, and major agricultural endeavors, eventually becoming a multimillionaire. He was instrumental in forming the Amalgamated Sugar Company and the Utah and Idaho Sugar Company (later known as U&I Sugar Co).

Call to lead

Nibley was called as the presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1907. It was during Nibley's term as presiding bishop that the LDS Church built the Hotel Utah. In 1925, he was released as presiding bishop and was asked to be second counselor to Heber J. Grant in the church's First Presidency. He is one of the few individuals to serve in the First Presidency without having been ordained to the priesthood office of apostle.

Nibley died of pneumonia in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2] Nibley, Utah is named after him.

Charles's son Preston became a church leader and author of several Mormon books. Hugh W. Nibley, a Mormon apologist and academic, is Charles's grandson, through his son, Alexander. Musician Richard Nibley was a grandson, and Martha Nibley Beck is a great-granddaughter.


  1. Jenson, Andrew. LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 766
  2. State of Utah Death Certificate

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Preceded by
William B. Preston
Presiding Bishop
Succeeded by
Sylvester Q. Cannon

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