was a Mormon church member in the 1840s and 1850s; in 1848, was excommunicated for having sexual intercourse with two girls "less than Twelve years of age" who were his foster daughters; was rebaptized and soon thereafter was made bishop of the Salt Lake City Twelfth Ward from 22 February 1849 until 1856

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Benjamin Covey was an early Mormon church member who was a bishop in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1849 to 1856.

In 1848, Covey was excommunicated from the Mormon church in Winter Quarters in what is now Nebraska, for sexual intercourse with two girls 12 years old or younger.

In 1848 or 1849, Covey was rebaptized into the Mormon church.

In 1849, Covey was made a bishop of the Salt Lake City Twelfth Ward.

Became one of the first Mormon bishops in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1849; his wife Almira Mack was a first cousin of Joseph Smith, the first Mormon prophet.

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  1. First wards in Utah created 150 years ago
    view source details | 6 Feb 1999 | Church News
  2. Law and Order in Winter Quarters
    view source details | 1 Jun 2006 | Journal of Mormon History (JSTOR)
  3. Pedogamy: "Sealing Girls to Old Men"
    view source details | 22 Aug 2023 | Utah Bee

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