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Charles Livingston
Charles Livingston
Full name Charles Livingston
Born March 16 1835(1835-03-16)
Place of birth Shotts, Lanark, Scotland
Died June 17 1908
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah

Charles Livingston...


Birth and Childhood

Conversion and Baptism


Life in Salt Lake City

On January 14, 1886, Charles was arrested for unlawful cohabitation and placed under a $1,500 bond.[1]

On October 14, 1887, Charles was sentenced by Judge Zane, of the Third District Court, to six month's imprisonment and $100 fine.[2]

On December 15, 1887, Charles was released from the Penitentiary, having been pardoned by President Cleveland.[3]

Work on Temple



Charles died of heart failure on the evening of June 17, 1908 in his home in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Herald published an article entitled "Chas. Livingston Dies Suddenly" the following day.[4]

The article is transcribed here in its entirety:

Served for Man Years as Member of Salt Lake Police Force.

Charles Livingston, for thirty-six years in the service of Salt Lake City, the greater part of the time as a member of the police force, died suddenly from heart failure at his home, 153 South Seventh East street, at 8:45 o'clock last night. For several months past and up until a week ago Mr. Livingston was deputy sheriff assigned as bailiff in Judge Morse's court. A week ago he felt ill and since that time had remained at home, although his condition was not such as to create alarm. Last night, however, he was taken with a sudden attack of heart failure and died within a few minutes. At the time of his death he was counselor to Bishop Robert Morris.

Through his employment by the city for many years "Uncle Charlie" Livingston, as he was familiarly known, was one of the best known men in the city. On the police force he was known as a reliable and courageous officer, and many anecdotes are told of the experiences of the veteran policeman. After thirty-six years of almost continuous service for the city he retired from his last position as desk sergeant of the police force, two years ago. He was on the police force when Andrew Burt, then chief of police, was murdered.

Charles Livingston was born in Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland, March 16, 1835. He was baptized in the Mormon church in 1849. He came to American in 1855, sailing from LIverpool to New Orleans in a sailing vessel and coming up the Mississippi and Missouri to Atchison, Kan., in a river boat. At Atchison he worked on the first municipal improvements of that city. The same year he joined a caravan of Mormon emigrants and came across the plains to Salt Lake.

Quarries Rock for Temple.

The first employment of Mr. Livingston in Salt Lake was getting coping for the Temple wall. Later he worked in Big Cottonwood canyon quarrying rock for the foundation of the Temple. While in Big Cottonwood Mr. Livingston learned that Johnson's army was marching toward Utah, and he joined with his people in the attempt to check its advance, serving as captain in this campaign for six months.

In 1864 he and his brother, James Livingston, were appointed to the police force of Salt Lake City. Two years later he was commissioned by the governor to participate in an expedition against the Indians in Sanpete county, and obtained a leave of absence from the police force while on the expedition. When the Union Pacific railroad reached Echo he was appointed justice of the peace at that place. Later he went to Ogden to assist the police of that city in handling the influx of criminals who arrived with the completion of the road.

Leaves Two Widows.

Mr. Livingston, with these two interruptions, continued as a member of the police force until 1880, when he resigned to take the position of superintendent of streets of Salt Lake, which position he held until 1890. In 1890 he took the contract to build the street railway from South Temple street to Warm Springs. In the same year he was appointed superintendent of the Temple block and held this position until the completion of the Temple. He was engaged for some time in managing onyx quarries near the city. He was reappointed to the police force as desk sergeant and bail commissioner, and for ten years remained in the department in this position.

Surviving Mr. Livingston are two widows, Jane H. and Ellen H. Livingston; four sons, Charles D. H., Archibald and Clarence Livingston, and eight daughters, Mr.s Thomas Child, Mrs. Enoch Smith, Mr.s Frank Evans, Mrs. John Ovard, Mrs. Earl Peterson, and Misses Ann, Margaret and Hazel Livingston, all of Salt Lake.

See Also


  1. Jenson, Andrew (Editor) (July 25, 2007). Church Chronology: A Record of Important Events Pertaining to the History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, Page 127. 
  2. Ibid., Page 153
  3. Ibid., Page 156
  4. "Chas. Livingston Dies Suddenly", Salt Lake Herald, June 18, 1908.

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