How Old Were LDS Prophets When Ordained an Apostle?

by Robert John Stevens, October 4, 2015

I watched the LDS General Conference today at home with my wife and several of our children and after noticing the average age of the three new apostles called is 62 and after hearing Elder Bednar’s talk about the wisdom of aged apostles, I wondered the average age of all men called to the apostleship in this dispensation. That would take too long to research so I calculated it for prophets:

Name Birthdate Date Ordained an Apostle Age Ordained
Joseph Smith December 23, 1805 August 1829

23
Brigham Young June 1, 1801 February 14, 1835

33
John Taylor November 1, 1808 December 19, 1838 

30
Willard Woodruff March 1, 1807 April 26, 1839

32
Lorenzo Snow April 3, 1814 February 12, 1849

34
Joseph F. Smith November 13, 1838 July 25, 1887

48
Heber J. Grant November 22, 1856 October 16, 1882

25
George Albert Smith April 4, 1870 October 8, 1903

33
David O. McKay September 8, 1873 April 9, 1906

32
Joseph Fielding Smith July 19, 1876 April 7, 1910

33
Harold B. Lee March 28, 1899 April 10, 1941

42
Spencer W. Kimball March 28, 1895 October 7, 1943

48
Ezra Taft Benson August 4, 1899 October 7, 1943 

44
Howard William Hunter November 14, 1907 October 15, 1959

51
Gordon B. Hinckley June 23, 1910 October 5, 1961

51
Thomas S. Monson August 21, 1927 October 10, 1963

36
Average Age 37*

*Months were not considered in these calculations but should be

See Also:

Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet

I am pretty sure I was in the audience when this speech was given on Tuesday, February 26, 1980 at Brigham Young University. The points Ezra Taft Benson made would probably sound blasphemous to the Christian world today but explain several of the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and priorities and behaviors of its members.

–Robert John Stevens, August 3, 2015