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Kirkham, Francis W. (Francis Washington), 1877-1972

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1877-1972

Biographical History

Francis W. Kirkham (1877-1972) was an educator and businessman in Utah.

Francis Washington Kirkham was born in 1877 in Lehi, Utah. He is known as a prominent educator as well as the author of "New Witness for the Christ in America: Evidence of Divine Power in the 'Coming Forth' of the Book of Mormon." At the young age of fifteen, Kirkham studied business under James E. Talmage, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kirkham attended Brigham Young Academy; however, his studies were placed on hold for three years while he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand. His mission inspired him to write a grammar book to help new missionaries learn the Maori language. In 1901, Francis W. Kirkham was married in the Salt Lake City Temple to Martha Alzina Robinson. He also returned to Brigham Young Academy (BYU), graduating in 1904 as valedictorian. After graduating from BYA, Kirkham worked as a businessman in Canada for three years. He later attended the University of Michigan for his bachelors degree, following which he taught at Brigham Young University for two years. Francis W. Kirkham decided to enroll in law school at the University of Utah where he was in the law school's first graduating class. He continued his graduate studies at Stanford and went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkley. For a period of time Francis W. Kirkham served as the president of the LDS Business College, the head of vocational education for the State of Utah and the superintendent of the Granite School District. While serving as the superintendent of the Granite School District he wrote the book "Educating all the Children of all the People." The book gained him national recognition and led to Kirkham being appointed the head of the New York City-based National Child Welfare Association. During his time in New York, Kirkham studeied the Book of Mormon in depth as he had greater access to resources within the area. He published a compilation of these works in 1937 entitled "Source Material on the Book of Mormon" which was the main basis for his book "A New Witness..." Kirkham later also worked as a manager for a Salt Lake City-based insurance company for several years. Francis W. Kirkham died in 1972.

Citation

A new witness for Christ in America, the Book of Mormon, 1967:t.p. (Francis W. Kirkham)

Francis W. Kirkham papers, 1877-1972 (Francis W. Kirkham; educator and businessman)

FamilySearch, 14 July 2010 (Francis Washington KIRKHAM; b. 8 Jan 1877; d. 14 Sep 1972)

Ancestry.com, Nov. 19, 2010 (Francis W. Kirkham; Francis Kirkham; W. Francis Kirkham; Francis Washington Kirkham; b. Jan. 8, 1877 in Lehi, Utah; d. Sept. 14, 1972 in Salt Lake City, Utah; resident of Provo, Utah; farmer, canal builder, teacher; served as Mormon missionary to New Zealand; taught at Brigham Young University)

Found in 34 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph J. Cannon letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 821
Scope and Contents This autographed typewritten letter was written 14 February 1935 by Joseph J. Cannon, then President of the British Mission of the Mormon Church to Francis W. Kirkham, then Secretary to Chief Justice Hughes of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. The subject of this letter is Kirkham's son, Grant, who "determined" to leave his mission four months early, and Cannon's efforts to dissuade him.
Dates: 1935 February 14

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. letter to Francis W. Kirkham

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2383
Scope and Contents Typewritten and signed letter dated March 15, 1960 and addressed to Francis W. Kirkham. Clark thanks Kirkham for a book sent to him which Kirkham wrote.
Dates: 1960 March 15

Francis W. Kirkham brochures and pamphlets on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1908-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 4 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains leaflets and brochures relating to Francis W. Kirkham's work within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The subseries dates 1908-1964.
Dates: 1908-1964

Francis W. Kirkham business correspondence, 1902-1966

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains business correspondence related to the business endeavors of Francis W. Kirkham and the various companies which he was associated with. The subseries dates 1902-1966.
Dates: 1902-1966

Francis W. Kirkham business papers, 1901-1964

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains papers from Francis W. Kirkham related to his business endeavors. Included are papers relating to the Co-operative Insurance company as well as correspondence, receipts, bank statements, check stubs, newspaper clipppings and various other materials. The series dates 1921-1962.
Dates: 1901-1964

Francis W. Kirkham correspondence on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1914-1968

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 4 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence related to Francis W. Kirkham's work within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The subseries dates 1914-1968.
Dates: 1914-1968

Francis W. Kirkham educational correspondence, 1907-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 3 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence related to Francis W. Kirkham's work within the education system. The subseries dates 1907-1964.
Dates: 1907-1964

Francis W. Kirkham educational papers, 1900-1970

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains papers from Francis W. Kirkham and his work within the education system. Included are papers relating to school districts, report cards, educational leaflets, and various other materials. The series dates 1911-1970.
Dates: 1900-1970

Francis W. Kirkham family papers, 1877-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains papers of those related to Francis W. Kirkham. Included within the papers is correspondence, diaries, and photographs. The subseries dates 1877-1972.
Dates: 1877-1972

Francis W. Kirkham financial papers, 1913-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains financial papers relating to the business endeavors of Francis W. Kirkham. Amongst these papers are financial records, bank statements, receipts, and various other materials. The subseries dates 1912-1964.
Dates: 1913-1964