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'''Franklin Dewey Richards''' (Richmond, Massachusetts, April 2, 1821 – December 9, 1899, Ogden, Utah) was a member of the [[Quorum of the Twelve Apostles]]  of the [[Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]] from February 12, 1849 until his death. He also served as [[President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|president]] of the quorum from September 2, 1898 until his death.  Elder Richards served the longest time as an apostle of any man who was did not serve as president of the Church, although his 50 years and 10 months in the quorum were less than [[Joseph Fielding Smith]]'s aproximatly 60 years in the quprum, the longest time served in the quorum as opposed to time in the quorum and in the First Presidency. 
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Both his son, [[George F. Richards]], and grandson [[LeGrand Richards]] were members of the quorum, with his son also serving as president of the quorum from 1945 to 1950. Another of Richards' grandsons, [[Franklin D. Richards (Seventy)|Franklin D. Richards]] became a [[general authority]] of the church, serving as an [[Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve]] and later as a member of the [[Presidency of the Seventy]].
Richards also served in the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1852 and 1856.
Franklin County in southeastern [[Idaho]] is named after Richards.<ref>[http://www.idaho.gov/aboutidaho/county/franklin.html Franklin County - Idaho.gov]</ref>
== Calling ==
[[Lyman Wight]] was excommunicated from the church in December 1848 because he refused to join the church in the [[Salt Lake Valley]]. This left an opening in the Quorum of the Twelve.
To fill the vacancy, and to bring the number of the quorum up to twelve, Richards was called and ordained as the fourth of four apostles on February 12, 1849. The other three apostles were [[Charles C. Rich]], [[Lorenzo Snow]], and [[Erastus Snow]].
From 1889 until his death, Richards was the church's twelfth  [[Church Historian]].
== President of the Twelve ==
With the death of President [[Wilford Woodruff]] on September 2, 1898, President [[Lorenzo Snow]] became the president of the church. As the second-most senior apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Richards assumed the role of President of the Twelve. His term was short-lived, as he lived only 15 months longer.
== Death ==
Richards suffered a stroke and paralysis in the autumn of 1899. He died peacefully in his home in [[Ogden, Utah]] on December 9, 1899.
The vacancy in the quorum created by his death was filled by [[Reed Smoot]].
== See also ==
* [[Richards-Young family]]
* [http://www.gapages.com/richafd1.htm Biography by Grampa Bill]
== External links ==
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*[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Author:Franklin_D._Richards#Speeches List of Richards' speeches (Wikisource)]
* {{findagrave|6280487|Franklin D. Richards}}
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