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Presiding Bishop Hunter's land near Philadelphia, Pa., dedicated

Published: Saturday, July 12, 1997

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Property on the original homestead of Edward Hunter, the third presiding bishop of the Church, was dedicated in Chester County, near Philadelphia, June 28.

The placement of a plaque on the property memorializes Bishop Hunter and was part of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Stake Pioneer Sesquicentennial Celebration. Stake Pres. Anthony R. Temple conducted the ceremonies, attended by Church members from the area and dedicated the property.Mr. and Mrs. Albert Greenfield, who are not members of the Church, donated the property to the Church, and Mr. Greenfield selected the boulder, from many on the property, on which the plaque is displayed. Mr. Greenfield has encouraged the recognition of the homestead for years due to the events that transpired there.

During the period that Edward Hunter, a prosperous farmer, lived on the property, he hosted the Prophet Joseph Smith and other Church leaders at the homestead when they came to the area as missionaries. The site was also a gathering place for new members of the Church. Bishop Hunter was baptized Oct. 8, 1840, by Orson Hyde.

Bishop Hunter led the third company of the Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. He died in Salt Lake City on Oct. 16, 1883.

"We are appreciative to the Greenfields for their gracious hospitality and for allowing us to recognize this early Church pioneer," Pres. Temple said during the ceremony.