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There are strong indicators pointing toward the priesthood being lineal in nature, as opposed to simple confirmation by ordination:

“… Joseph Smith, Sen., inherited the Patriarchal Priesthood, by right from the fathers over the house of Israel in this dispensation.”

Franklin D. Richards, A Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel (Salt Lake City, UT: James A. Little, 1884), 74.​