John Wentworth 1815-1888 John Wentworth was born in Sandwich, New Hampshire on March 5, 1815. While he attended Dartmouth College he taught in schools throughout the state of New Hampshire. After he graduated, he moved west to Chicago. In Chicago Wentworth became very successful. He was the editor and later, the owner of The Chicago Democrat. Wentworth ran for many political offices and was voted into office for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1843-1851, 1853-1855, and 1865-1867. He was mayor of Chicago from 1857-1858 and 1860. He was also the police commissioner of Chicago in 1863. Wentworth died on October 16, 1888, in Chicago.
Sources: Chicago Public Library, Joseph Smith Papers
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/john-wentworth , the editor and owner of a newspaper called The Chicago Democrat, wrote a letter to Joseph Smith 1805-1844 Joseph Smith Jr., born on December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont, was the fifth child of Joseph Smith and Lucy Mack. He had significant spiritual experiences that led him to his prophetic calling, including a vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ in 1820. He translated and published the Book of Mormon and established The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6, 1830. As the leader of the Church, he called Apostles and other leaders, defined doctrines, and guided the community's growth in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. Tragically, Joseph Smith was martyred on June 27, 1844, in Carthage, Illinois.
Source: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/joseph-smith-jr?lang=eng . He requested that Joseph provide a history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon faith. Wentworth was requesting this on behalf of a friend, George Barstow 1812-1883 George Barstow was born in Haverhill, New Hampshire on June 19, 1812. He attended Dartmouth College and moved to Boston to study law in 1836. While there, he wrote a book entitled The History of New Hampshire, from Its Discovery, in 1614, to the Passage of the Toleration Act, in 1819. While in Massachusetts Barstow ran for multiple political offices, but was never voted into office. Barstow moved from Boston back to New Hampshire, then he moved to New York City and eventually settled in San Francisco. He became a law professor at the University of the Pacific. Barstow was a member of the California House of Representatives from 1861-1862 and in 1878. Barstow died on September 9, 1883, in San Francisco.
Sources: Join California, Joseph Smith Papers
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/george-barstow , who was writing a history of New Hampshire. In response to Wentworth’s request, Joseph wrote a letter outlining the fundamental beliefs of the church. Among these fundamental beliefs were 13 statements called “The Articles of Faith.” The first of these 13 declarations of belief stated: “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” info https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/teachings-joseph-smith/chapter-38?lang=eng