80 years ago today - Jul 4, 1942

[George F. Richards]
Hyrum Smith had two sons when he died, viz.: John & Joseph. Both were too young to act. After William Smith was rejected, John Smith, Hyrum's Son was made the patriarch to the church. Joseph was still too young, had he been thought of for that position, but the facts are that the Joseph F. Smith line is much the stronger line, and in that line can be found a man who is eminently qualified through ability, disposition, and worthiness and who has a son already qualified to succeed him. Now after ten years since the death of Hyrum G. Smith, Pres. Grant says he cannot get the inspiration to name the man whom the Twelve recommended to the President. He evidently expects the Twelve to reconsider.

[George F. Richards, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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