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Jesse Carter Little
Born September 26, 1815(1815-09-26)
Place of birth Belmont, Maine
Died December 26, 1893 (aged 78)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah Territory
LDS Church General Authority
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Called by Edward Hunter
Start of term October 6, 1856 (aged 41)
End of term Summer 1874 (aged 59)
End reason Resignation

Jesse Carter Little (26 September 1815 – 26 December 1893) was a Mormon pioneer and a member of the presiding bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Little was born in Belmont, Maine. In 1845, Little was taught by Latter Day Saint missionary and apostle Parley P. Pratt; he was baptized into the LDS Church and in 1846 was made a president of the church's missions in the eastern United States.

In 1846, Little travelled from Washington, D.C. to Nauvoo, Illinois with a message from United States President James K. Polk requesting that the Latter Day Saints raise a battalion for the war against Mexico. After Little delivered the message, the leaders of the church organized the Mormon Battalion. Little was the liaison for the LDS Church with Thomas L. Kane when he became involved in assisting the church in its relations with the U.S. government.

In 1847, Little led a company of Mormon pioneers from Winter Quarters, Nebraska to the Salt Lake Valley. Shortly after arriving in Salt Lake City, Little returned to the eastern United States and continued to act as a mission president. Little's tenure as mission president ended in 1852, and he moved to Utah Territory.

On 6 October 1856, Little became the second counselor to the presiding bishop of the LDS Church, Edward Hunter. Little acted in this capacity until his resignation in the summer of 1874; he was eventually replaced in the presiding bishopric by Robert T. Burton.

Little moved to Morgan County, Utah, and lived in Littleton, a town that was named after him which he had helped establish. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.

Like many early members of the LDS Church, Little practiced plural marriage. He had three wives and 27 children.


  • Andrew Jenson. Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia 1:242, 3:151, 4:711
  • Robert Leonard Little (2007). The War Letter: Jesse Carter Little and the Creation of the Mormon Battalion (Sacramento, Calif.: Robert Little Publishing) ISBN 0980027918

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