Nibley was a son of Charles W. Nibley and one of his wives, the former Ellen Ricks. Nibley was born in Logan, Utah Territory. From 1903 to 1906 he served as a LDS Church missionary in the German Empire, including eighteen months as president of the Berlin Conference.
From 1906 to 1907, Nibley was a student at the University of Chicago. He then returned to Logan, Utah, and in 1908 he married Anna Parkinson, with whom he had three children. They moved to Salt Lake City in 1911, where he became involved in real estate and manufacturing.
From 1937 to 1940, Nibley served as president of the Northwestern States Mission. Shortly after becoming mission president in 1937, he counseled LDS Church members in Eugene, Oregon to begin building a chapel. Nibley was succeeded as mission president by Nicholas G. Smith.
Brother Nibley wrote Brigham Young: The Man and His Work (originally published in 1936), as well as a collection of stories on the presidents of the LDS Church and a collection of missionary experiences. He also edited and published an edition of Lucy Mack Smith's History of Joseph Smith.
Among many other works, Nibley compiled some of the writings and sermons of George Albert Smith which were then published under the title Sharing the Gospel with Others.
- Andrew Jenson. LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Vol. 3, p. 686.
- Friends of the HBLL item mentioning Preston Nibley
- J. Spencer Cornwall. Stories of Our Mormon Hymns, p. 58.
- Goreads listing of books by Nibley
- Mormon Literature Database
- history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Eugene, Oregon