Cowdery, Oliver (1806-1850), teacher, lawyer, newspaper editor, was born at Wells, Rutland County, Vermont. He assisted Joseph Smith as a scribe during translation of the Book of Mormon and with other church writings. Witness to early events connected with the foundation of Mormonism. One of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon, and a participant in the priesthood restoration. Married Elizabeth Ann Whitmer, 1832. Member of the Kirtland high council. Appointed assistant president of the Church in 1834. He left the Church in 1838 but returned ten years later. Practiced law in Ohio and Wisconsin. Died at Richmond, Ray County, Missouri. (Cook, "Revelations," 14; Jenson, "Biographical Encyclopedia," 1:246-51; R. L. Anderson, "Investigating the Book of Mormon Witnesses," 37-65; Stanley P. Gunn, "Oliver Cowdery, Second Elder and Scribe" (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, Inc., 1962).)
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