A Biographical Study of Leonard John Nuttall, Private Secretary to Presidents John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff
Brigham Young University
L. John Nuttal was born in England in 1834; joined Church in 1852, immigration to Utah, settled in Provo. Active in military, civic, and Church affairs in Utah County. Adjutant to Colonel Pace in Utah War. A colonel in Black Hawk War, led expedition to Sevier County against the Indians. Active in govt. in Utah County, Probate Clerk; Chief Clerk of Utah Legislature; sec. of Provo United Order and School of Prophets; clerk of High Council; missionary to Great Britain. 1875, called by B. Young to be Bishop of Kanab Ward; 1877, became stake president. 1877, called to Salt Lake City to assist in auditing Church financial records. Two years later moved to that city, and directed Kanab stake by correspondence unitl 1884. Became private secretary to John Taylor the year he moved to Salt Lake. Terr. Supt of District schools, 1881 to 1886; accompanied Church leaders in hiding in 1886, and remained with Taylor until his death. Member of Council of Fifty after 1880, and his records give valuable information on that topic. Became private secretary to Pres. Woodruff in 1887. Also, accompanied John T. Caine to Washington D.C. on two occassions. His writings contain a revelation Pres. Woodruff claimed to have received on the 'Manifesto,' and comments on the apostle's feelings toward the issue. In 1892, released as secretary to the President; served as legal advisor to Relief Society; aid to Deseret Sunday School Union and member of Church Educational System until death in 1905.