Paul Elden Kingston
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Paul Elden Kingston
Paul Elden Kingston
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Trustee in Trust [1]
August 25, 1987 (1987-08-25)
PredecessorJohn Ortell Kingston
Personal details
Born1959/1960 (age 60-61)[2]
Children300 (estimated)[3]
ParentsJohn Ortell Kingston

Paul Elden Kingston is an accountant and attorney[3] who has served as the Trustee-in-Trust of the Davis County Cooperative Society (DCCS or Co-op), a sect which broke off from the American Latter Day Saint movement, since 1987.

Kingston succeeded his father John Ortell Kingston as the Trustee-in-Trust of the DCCS upon his father's death in 1987. During his tenure, Kingston has followed his father's practice of plural, and intra-family marriage,[4] although neither is practiced by the majority of members and the practice is not required to gain status in the group.[5]

Plural marriage is practiced by some members of the DCCS, and according to the group's website, members make their own choice in who they marry.[6] For more than a decade, the group has publicly spoken out against child-bride marriages and the DCCS has a policy encouraging its members to marry within the legal age of consent.[7][8][9][10]

He is estimated to have approximately 300 children with his wives.[3]


  1. ^ Hales, Brian C. "John Ortell Kingston". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Kilzer, Lou (February 13, 2000). "Polygamy and profit". Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Bennion, Janet (2012). Polygamy in Primetime: Media, Gender, and Politics in Mormon Fundamentalism. UPNE. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-61168-296-0. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Janofsky, Michael (February 27, 2003), "Young Brides Stir New Outcry on Utah Polygamy", The New York Times, retrieved Late Edition - Final Section A, page 1, column 2
  5. ^ Foster, Craig (2019). American Polygamy; A History of Fundamentalist Mormon Faith. Charleston, SC: The History Press. pp. 197, 198. ISBN 978-1-4671-3752-2.
  6. ^ "DCCS - FAQ". Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Shurtleff: Child bride polygamous marriages appear to have stopped". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "DCCS - FAQ". Retrieved .
  9. ^ News, Deseret (2008-06-19). "Polygamists are urged to make public statement". Deseret News. Retrieved .
  10. ^ News, Deseret (2007-09-09). "No longer performing child-bride marriages?". Deseret News. Retrieved .
Latter Day Church of Christ
Preceded by
John Ortell Kingston
Trustee in Trust
July 8, 1948 (1948-07-08) -

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