|1808 November 1
||Born in Milnthorpe, Westmorland, England, to James Taylor and Agnes Taylor.
||Moved with family to Hale (near Milnthorpe), where he helped work on a small farm left to his father by an uncle.
||Apprenticed as a cooper (barrel maker) in Liverpool, England. Within a year, his master's business failed and he returned home.
||Left the Church of England and became a Methodist.
||Became Methodist “exhorter,” or lay preacher. Received a strong impression that he would go to America to preach the gospel.
||Left England for Canada and commenced preaching.
||Served as preacher in the Methodist Church in Toronto, Canada.
|1836 May 9
||Baptized by Parley P. Pratt.
||Served as the Church's presiding officer in Canada.
||Moved to Far West, Missouri.
||Met the Prophet Joseph Smith in Kirtland, Ohio.
|1838 December 19
||Ordained an Apostle at Far West, Missouri, by Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball under the direction of Joseph Smith, who was in Liberty Jail.
||Arrived in Great Britain as a missionary. Was first missionary to preach the restored gospel in Ireland and on the Isle of Man. Oversaw the preparation and printing of the first edition of the Book of Mormon published outside the United States; also assisted in preparing a hymnbook and published several missionary pamphlets.
||Returned to the United States with several of the other Apostles.
||Appointed by Joseph Smith to edit the Times and Seasons, a Church publication. Also edited the Wasp (1842–1843) and then its successor, the Nauvoo Neighbor (1843–1846), both Nauvoo newspapers.
||Chosen to be a member of the Nauvoo City Council, regent of the University of Nauvoo, and Judge–Advocate in the Nauvoo Legion.
|1844 June 27
||Witnessed the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith in Carthage Jail and was seriously wounded during the attack.
||Helped organize the Mormon Battalion at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
||Went to Great Britain on a second mission with Parley P. Pratt and Orson Hyde.
||Returned to Winter Quarters, Nebraska, from England. Led a large company of Saints to Utah, arriving in October.
||Presided over missionary work in France and Germany. Near Boulogne, France, offered a prayer dedicating France for the preaching of the Gospel. Directed translation and publication of French and German editions of the Book of Mormon. Established and edited the first Church periodical in France, Ãtoile du DÃ©seret (Star of Deseret). Published the first Church periodical in Germany, a monthly newspaper named Zion's Panier (Zion's Banner).
||Served a mission in New York. Superintended the affairs of the Church in the eastern states. Published a newspaper titled The Mormon.
||Returned to Utah. Elected Speaker of the House of the Utah Territorial Legislature
||Served as a legislator for the Territory of Utah .
||Served as Probate Judge of Utah County.
||Elected territorial superintendent of schools.
||Led the Church as President of the Quorum of the Twelve.
|1878 August 25
||Primary organization established.
|1880 April 6
||Proclaimed a Jubilee Year for the 50th anniversary of the Church. One-half of debts owed by the Saints to the Perpetual Emigration Fund were forgiven.
|1880 October 10
||Sustained as President of the Church. Pearl of Great Price canonized and new expanded edition of the Doctrine and Covenants published.
||Quorums of Seventy organized in stakes.
|1882 January 8
||Assembly Hall on Temple Square (Salt Lake City, Utah) dedicated.
||United States Congress passed the Edmunds bill, making plural marriage a felony and prohibiting polygamists from voting, holding public office, or performing jury duty.
|1884 May 17
||Logan Utah Temple dedicated.
|1885 January 27
||After receiving word during a visit to California that federal officials had ordered his arrest for practicing polygamy, returned to Salt Lake City.
|1885 February 1
||Preached his last public sermon and went into hiding.
||Presided over the Church in exile.
|1887 July 25
||Died in the Thomas Rouech home in Kaysville, Utah.