George Teasdale

George Teasdale (8 December 1831 9 June 1907) was a Mormon missionary and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

George Teasdale
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
16 October 1882 (1882-10-16)  9 June 1907 (1907-06-09)
LDS Church Apostle
16 October 1882 (1882-10-16)  9 June 1907 (1907-06-09)
ReasonReorganization of First Presidency and the death of Orson Pratt[1]
at end of term
Anthony W. Ivins ordained
Personal details
Born(1831-12-08)8 December 1831
London, England, United Kingdom
Died9 June 1907(1907-06-09) (aged 75)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting placeSalt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37.92″N 111°51′28.8″W

Teasdale was born in London, England. Teasdale was baptized into the LDS Church on 8 August 1852, after learning about the church from a Mormon co-worker.

In 1853, Teasdale married Emily Emma Brown, a member of the LDS Church. In 1857, Teasdale became a full-time church missionary in England and Scotland. In 1859, he became the supervisor of the missionaries in Scotland. In 1861, Teasdale was released as a missionary and he and his wife emigrated to Utah Territory.

In Utah, Teasdale taught school and was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In 1868–69, he returned to England as a missionary to help British Latter-day Saints migrate to Utah. His wife died in 1874, after he had fathered seven children by her, five of whom died in infancy. The couple had been monogamous, but after Emily's death, he had four more recorded marriages, and possibly as many as 10 more, all without issue.[2] In 1875, he served a mission to Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. He became president of the church's Juab Stake.

Teasdale was ordained an apostle on 16 October 1882, by church president John Taylor. Future church president, Heber J. Grant, was ordained an apostle on the same date. Teasdale immediately served a six-month mission to the Indian Territory.

As an apostle, Teasdale served another mission for the church from 1887 to 1890 and he preached in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Ireland.

In 1891, Teasdale became president of the church's Mexican Mission.[3]

Teasdale died in Salt Lake City at age 75 of an intestinal obstruction.[4] He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery and was succeeded in the Quorum of the Twelve by Anthony W. Ivins.


  1. Teasdale and Heber J. Grant were ordained apostles on the same date.
  2. George Teasdale on
  3. Andrew Jenson. Latter-day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia, Biography of Henry Eyring.
  4. State of Utah Death Certificate Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine.

Further reading

  • "George Teasdale". BYU Religious Studies Center. 9 June 1907. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
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