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Edward Hunter
Edward Hunter
Edward Hunter photographed by Charles Roscoe Savage
Born June 22, 1793(1793-06-22)
Place of birth Newtown, Pennsylvania
Died October 16, 1883 (aged 90)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah Territory
LDS Church General Authority
Presiding Bishop
Called by Brigham Young
Start of term April 7, 1851 (aged 57)
End of term October 16, 1883 (aged 90)
End reason Death

Edward Hunter (June 22, 1793 – 16 October 1883) was the third Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1851 until his death. He served as Presiding Bishop longer than any other person in the history of the LDS Church.

Born in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Hunter was engaged in the mercantile business near Philadelphia from 1816 to 1822 and was married to Ann Standley in 1830. Hunter served in the US Cavalry for seven years, and as Delaware County commissioner for three years

Edward Hunter converted to Mormonism in 1840, and served as Bishop of the Nauvoo 5th ward from 1844 to 1846, then migrated to Utah in 1846 and served as the Bishop of the Salt Lake City 13th Ward from 1849 to 1854. Hunter was elected to the Utah Territorial Assembly on November 15, 1851 and served one term.

Hunter was called as Presiding Bishop by Church President Brigham Young in 1851. Young and Heber C. Kimball served as Hunter's informal counselors for more than five years until Hunter formally called Leonard W. Hardy and Jesse C. Little to these positions.

As president of the Church's Aaronic Priesthood, Hunter laid the southwest cornerstone of the Salt Lake Temple on April 6, 1853.

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