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Grant, Heber J. (Heber Jeddy), 1856-1945

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  • Existence: 1856 - 1945

Biography

Heber J. Grant (1856-1945) was an ecclesiastical leader in Utah. He served as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1918 to 1945.

Heber Jeddy Grant was born on November 22, 1856, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to parents Jedediah Morgan and Rachel Ridgeway Ivins Grant. Heber's father, Jedediah, died nine days after Heber was born, so his mother, Rachel, moved them to a widow's cabin several blocks away. This move put the small family in one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the territory.

Rachel found the means to send Heber to a good private school, but following frontier practice, he left school at age sixteen. However, he continued learning and stretching his knowledge throughout his life, including a literary group and reading of every kind.

Grant worked to peddle books, found local retailers for a Chicago grocery house, performed tasks for the Deseret National Bank, taught penmanship, became the assistant cashier of Zion's Savings and Trust Company, sold insurance, and became owner of Ogden Vinegar Works.

At the unusually young age of fifteen, Heber was ordained to the office of Seventy in the priesthood. When Heber was nineteen, his ward organized the first Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association, and Heber was called to serve as a counselor to its president. Just prior to his twenty-fourth birthday, Grant was called as a Stake President of the Tooele Stake, which he served for two years and ten months. At that time, in 1882, when he was only twenty-six years old, Grant was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Grant eventually married three wives, Hulda Augusta Winters, Emily Harris Wells, and Lucy Stringham. Each wife bore six children.

In 1916, Grant became the seventh President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

During his time as an Apostle and as President of the Church, Grant served two missions--Japan (1901-1903) and Europe (1903-1905). He also worked to improve areas in the church such as Church Education, the Genealogical Society, and the Church magazine. Church members grew familiar with the hardy, pioneer themes of President Grant's leadership. He repeatedly spoke of the need for charity, duty, honor, service, and work, and admonished the Saints to live modestly and to observe the prohibitions of the Church's health code, the Word of Wisdom. For Saints disoriented by the century's rapid social and cultural changes, President Grant's firm voice, ramrod-straight posture, and forceful-and sometimes sharp-tongued-delivery conveyed strength and resolution. He personified time-tested values.

In 1936, under Grant's leadership, the Church sought to assist impoverished Latter-day Saints by establishing the Church Security Program, later renamed the Church Welfare Program, one of the major accomplishments of his administration. To help the new Church Security Program, President Grant gave the program his large dry farm in western Utah, in which he had invested more than $80,000.

During his time as president, he dedicated three new temples: Laie, Hawaii (1919), Cardston, Canada (1923), and Mesa, Arizona (1927). Several hundred chapels were constructed, many in areas outside the Utah heartland. The Washington, D.C., chapel, dedicated in 1933, symbolized Church growth nationally.

During President Grant's administration Church membership doubled. He traveled more than 400,000 miles, filled 1,500 appointments, gave 1,250 sermons, and made 28 major addresses to state, national, civic, and professional groups. His greatest achievements, however, cannot be measured statistically. During almost sixty-five years of Church service, he helped transform the Church from a sequestered, misunderstood, pioneer faith to an accepted, vibrant religion of twentieth-century America.

In 1940, while visiting Southern California, he suffered a series of strokes that slowed his pace and forced him to delegate active administration of the Church. President Grant died on May 14, 1945, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citation:
Author's Improvement era (1919-20)

LDS.org, via WWW, Feb. 13, 2006 (Heber J. Grant; b. Nov. 22, 1856, in Salt Lake City; d. May 14, 1945 in Salt Lake City; served as the 7th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1918 to 1945)

UPB files, Feb. 13, 2006 (hdg.: Grant, Heber Jeddy, 1856-1945; usage: Heber J. Grant; H. J. Grant; Heber Jeddy Grant)

FamilySearch.org, via WWW, October 9, 2014 (Heber J. Grant was born on November 22, 1856, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to parents Jedediah Morgan and Rachel Ridgeway Ivins Grant; married three wives, Hulda Augusta Winters, Emily Harris Wells, and Lucy Stringham; each wife bore six children; died on May 14, 1945, at Salt Lake City, Utah)

Encyclopedia, via WWW, October 13, 2014 (Heber J. Grant was born on November 22, 1856, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to parents Jedediah Morgan and Rachel Ridgeway Ivins Grant; Jedediah died nine days after Heber was born, so his mother, Rachel, moved them to a widow's cabin several blocks away, which put the small family in one of the most culturally diverse LDS congragations in the territory; Rachel found the means to send Heber to a good private school, but following frontier practice, he left school at age sixteen; he continued learning and stretching his knowledge throughout his life, including a literary group and reading of every kind; worked to peddle books, found local retailers for a Chicago grocery house, performed tasks for the Deseret National Bank, and taught penmanship, became the assistant cashier of Zion's Savings and Trust Company, sold insurance, and became owner of Ogden Vinegar Works; at fifteen, Heber was ordained to the office of seventy in the priesthood; at nineteen, his ward organized the first Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association, and Heber was called to serve as a counselor to its president; prior to his twenty-fourth birthday, Grant was called as a Stake President of the Tooele Stake, which he served for two years and ten months; in 1882, when he was only twenty-six years old, Grant was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; married three wives, Hulda Augusta Winters, Emily Harris Wells, and Lucy Stringham; in 1916, Grant became the seventh President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; served two mission - Japan (1901-1903) and Europe (1903-1905), then served Church Education, the Genealogical Society, and the Church magazne, the Improvement Era; Church members grew familiar with the hardy, pioneer themes of President Grant's leadership. He repeatedly spoke of the need for charity, duty, honor, service, and work, and admonished the Saints to live modestly and to observe the prohibitions of the Church's health code, the Word of Wisdom. For Saints disoriented by the century's rapid social and cultural changes, President Grant's firm voice, ramrod-straight posture, and forceful-and sometimes sharp-tongued-delivery conveyed strength and resolution; personified time-tested values; his leadership sought to assist impoverished Latter-day Saints by establishing the Church Security Program, later renamed the Church Welfare Program, one of the major accomplishments of his administration; gave the program his large dry farm in western Utah, in which he had invested more than $80,000. ; he dedicated three new temples: Laie, Hawaii (1919), Cardston, Canada (1923), and Mesa, Arizona (1927). Several hundred chapels were constructed, many in areas outside the Utah heartland. The Washington, D.C., chapel, dedicated in 1933, symbolized Church growth nationally; during President Grant's administration Church membership doubled; traveled more than 400,000 miles, filled 1,500 appointments, gave 1,250 sermons, and made 28 major addresses to state, national, civic, and professional groups; during almost sixty-five years of Church service, he helped transform the Church from a sequestered, misunderstood, pioneer faith to an accepted, vibrant religion of twentieth-century America; in 1940, while visiting Southern California, he suffered a series of strokes that slowed his pace and forced him to delegate active administration of the Church; Grant died on May 14, 1945, at Salt Lake City, Utah) http://eom.byu.edu/

Found in 105 Collections and/or Records:

Ronald W. Walker note cards on Heber J. Grant, approximately 1950-2016

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9005 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Materials include research material on Heber J. Grant, former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These materials are notes and note cards created by author Ronald Walker for a book he was writing on Heber J. Grant. Topics include Grant's personal history, his characteristics and personality, and his family relationships. Dated approximately 1950-2016.

Dates: approximately 1950-2016

Ronald W. Walker personal journals, 1976-2015

 Series
Identifier: MSS 9005 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contents include Ron Walker's personal journals throughout the years from 1976-2015. These journals were type written by type writer at first and then later typed on computer and printed off. The journals are separated by year, and each entry is dated by date and year. Along with the journals there are some notes and newspaper clippings that were included with the journals. Dated 1976-2015.

Dates: 1976-2015

Ronald W. Walker research materials, approximately 1950-2016

 Series
Identifier: MSS 9005 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contents include Ronald W. Walker’s research materials that he collected over the years, pertaining to journal articles and books he wrote over his career. Topics of his writings include the Mountain Meadow Massacre, the Utah War, Church of Jesus Christ Presidents, and other topics on Mormonism. These materials include annotated articles by Walker, notes and written drafts by Walker, and unique items he collected. Materials dated approximately 1950-2016.

Dates: approximately 1950-2016

Ronald W. Walker research materials on Brigham Young, approximately 1950-2016

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9005 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contents include research materials on the former prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brigham Young that were collected by Ronald W. Walker. These materials consist of journal articles with annotations by Walker, indexes and bibliographies, written drafts by Walker about Brigham Young, and other notes and items concerning Brigham Young. Materials dated approximately 1950-2016.

Dates: approximately 1950-2016

Ronald W. Walker research materials on Ensign Peak, approximately 1950-2016

 Sub-Series — Box 159: Series 3 [Barcode: 31197239250514]
Identifier: MSS 9005 Series 3 Sub-Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contents include research materials on Ensign Peak that were collected by Ronald W. Walker. These materials consist of written drafts by Walker, and other notes and annotations concerning Ensign Peak. Materials dated approximately 1950-2016.

Dates: approximately 1950-2016

Ronald W. Walker research materials on Heber J. Grant , approximately 1950-2016

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9005 Series 3 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contents include research materials on the former prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Heber J. Grant that were collected by Ronald W. Walker. These materials consist of journal articles with annotations by Walker, indexes and bibliographies, written drafts by Walker, and other notes and items concerning Heber J. Grant. Materials dated approximately 1950-2016.

Dates: approximately 1950-2016

Ronald W. Walker research materials on Native Americans, approximately 1950-2016

 Sub-Series — Box 160: Series 3 [Barcode: 31197239250522]
Identifier: MSS 9005 Series 3 Sub-Series 7
Scope and Contents

Contents include research materials on Native Americans in Utah that were collected by Ronald W. Walker. These materials consist of written drafts by Walker, and other notes and annotations concerning Native Americans. Materials dated approximately 1950-2016.

Dates: approximately 1950-2016

Ronald W. Walker research materials on the Mountain Meadows Massacre, approximately 1950-2016

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9005 Series 3 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contents include research materials on the Mountain Meadows Massacre that were collected by Ronald W. Walker. These materials consist of many written drafts by Walker, journal articles with annotations by Walker, indexes and bibliographies, and other notes and items concerning the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Materials dated approximately 1950-2016.

Dates: approximately 1950-2016

Ronald W. Walker research materials on the Salt Lake Tabernacle, approximately 1950-2016

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9005 Series 3 Sub-Series 9
Scope and Contents

Contents include research materials on the Salt Lake Tabernacle that were collected by Ronald W. Walker. These materials consist of journal articles with annotations by Walker, indexes and bibliographies, written drafts by Walker, and other notes and items concerning the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Materials dated approximately 1950-2016.

Dates: approximately 1950-2016

Ronald W. Walker research materials on the Utah War, approximately 1950-2016

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9005 Series 3 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contents include research materials on the Utah War or the Utah Expedition that were collected by Ronald W. Walker. These materials consist of journal articles with annotations by Walker, indexes and bibliographies, writing drafts by Walker, and other notes and items concerning the Utah War. Materials dated approximately 1950-2016.

Dates: approximately 1950-2016