Robert T. Burton
Full name Robert Taylor Burton
Born October 25, 1821(1821-10-25)
Place of birth Amherstburg, Upper Canada
Died November 11, 1907 (aged 86)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah
LDS Church General Authority
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Called by Edward Hunter
Start of term October 9, 1874 (aged 52)
End of term October 16, 1883 (aged 61)
End reason Death of Edward Hunter
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Called by William B. Preston
Start of term October 5, 1884 (aged 62)
End of term November 11, 1907 (aged 86)
End reason Death

Robert Taylor Burton (October 25, 1821 – November 11, 1907) was a member of the presiding bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1874 until his death. He was also one of the principal officers in the Nauvoo Legion during its Utah reconstitution (including the Utah War)[1] and led the territorial militia against the Morrisites during the 1862 Morrisite War.

Born in Amherstburg in Upper Canada, Burton was called by Presiding Bishop Edward Hunter to be his second counselor in 1874. Burton served in this capacity until Hunter's death in 1883. When William B. Preston was called to be the new Presiding Bishop in 1884, Burton was asked to serve as his first counselor. Burton served in this capacity until his death.

In 1856, Burton was part of the rescue party sent from Salt Lake City to assist the stranded Martin Handcart Company near the Sweetwater River.[2] In 1870, Burton was tried and acquitted for the murder of Isabella Bowman, a person who had been killed by Utah militia while surrendering in the Morrisite War.[3]

Burton practiced plural marriage and fathered 27 children. He is the great-great-grandfather of the current presiding bishop of the LDS Church, H. David Burton.

See also


  1. Grampa Bill's G.A. Pages: Robert T. Burton
  2. Orton, Chad M. (2006). BYU Studies 45 (3): 4–37. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  3. Kenneth Godfrey, "The Morrisites" in Utah History Encyclopedia.


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