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McKay, David O. (David Oman), 1873-1970

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1873-1970

Biographical History

David O. McKay (1873-1970) was a teacher and educator as well as the prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1951 to 1970.

David Oman McKay was born in 1873 in Huntsville, Utah. In 1897 he graduated from the University of Utah and immediately afterward was called to serve a two-year mission to Scotland for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On January 2, 1901, he and Emma Ray Riggs were married in the Salt Lake Temple. They had seven children together, one of whom died as a child. Although he began as a teacher, McKay eventually became principal at Weber Stake Academy (now Weber State University) and served on the Board of Trustees from 1908 to 1912. He later served on the Board of Regents of the University of Utah (1921-1922) and the Board of Trustees of Utah State Agricultural College (1940-1941). He was superintendent of the Church's Sunday schools from 1918 to 1934, and in 1919 he became its first Commissioner of Education. From 1922 to 1924 he served as President of the European Mission and from 1951 to 1970 he served as the prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

McKay died on January 18, 1970 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citation

Ancient apostles, 1918: t.p. (David O. McKay)

LDS.org, via WWW, Feb. 13, 2006 (David O. McKay b. Sept. 8, 1873, born and spent his youth in Huntsville, Utah; d. Jan. 18, 1970 in Salt Lake City; served as 9th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1951 to 1970)

education.byu, via WWW, December 17, 2014 (David O. McKay; 1951-1970 President of church; b. 1873 Huntsville; 1897 graduated; Scotland two year mission; Principal Weber Stake Academy; 1908-1912 Board of Trustees; 1921-1922 Board of Regents; 1940-1941 Board of Trustees in Utah State Agricultural College; 1918-1934 superintendent of Church's Sunday Schools; 1919 first commissioner of eduation; 1922-1924 President European mission)

UPB files, Feb. 13, 2006 (McKay, David Oman, 1873-1970; usage: David O. McKay)

Found in 66 Collections and/or Records:

John H. Brailsford film of Brigham Young University graduation footage

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 5681
Scope and Contents Collection contains a DVD of footage of a Brigham Young University graduation ceremony and graduate march, taken from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on the BYU campus by John H. Brailsford. Includes shots of David O. McKay and Heber J. Grant. Focus of footage appears to be an unnamed female graduate and her family. Dated approximately 1941.

Bush family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2217
Abstract This collection, containing letters, journals, newspaper articles, and other family correspondence, has been organized into folders by year, starting in 1846 and ending in 1960.

Business papers, 1913-1958

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1993 Series 2
Scope and Contents The business series contains correspondence and other papers from Richards' various legal cases, dating 1913-1958. It includes correspondence concerning Columbia University and with Ernest L. Wilkinson.

Charles A. Callis photographs

 Collection
Identifier: MSS P 22
Overview Collection contains photographs taken by Callis. Subjects include the Callis family, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint leaders, and the Southern States Mission.

Charles A. Callis photograph of David O. McKay, approximately 1935

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS P 22 Item 4
Scope and Contents Print left to right, Mission President of East Central Mission, President McKay, and President Callis on Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Copy negative.

Church papers, approximately 1917-1967

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1993 Series 1
Scope and Contents This series contains Richards' correspondence and other papers with prominent LDS Church leaders including Heber J. Grant, Joseph F. Smith, J. Reuben Clark, Jr., John A. Widtsoe, David O. MacKay, and Stephen L. Richards. This series spans from circa 1917 to 1967. It icludes two letters, 1938 and 1951, two Title Insurance and Trust Company documents, dated 1949, 1951, correspondence between Preston Richards and J. Reuben Clark, Jr., circa 1917-1949, and correspondence, mostly legal...

William McKay and family ship tickets

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 615
Scope and Contents Circular which confirms reservations and explains procedures for William McKay and his family's passage on the ship Thornton from Liverpool, England to New York. Includes a list of McKay family's names and ages.

David O. McKay letter to Orson F. Whitney, 1922

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 17
Identifier: MSS 15 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Materials include an original letter from David O. McKay to Orson F. Whitney written on October 30, 1922. In the letter, McKay congratulates Whitney on recovering from surgery he had while president of the European mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also informs Whitney about his travel arrangements to come from Canada to England. Dated 1922.

First Presidency letter

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2157
Scope and Contents Typewritten and signed letter addressed to William Conover of Springville, Utah. The item was signed by George Albert Smith, J. Reuben Clark, and David O. McKay. Conover was informed that the Book of Mormon had been translated into the Tahitian language.

First Presidency letter to all mission presidents in foreign areas

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6067
Abstract Letter to all mission presidents in foreign areas from the First Presidency concerning “purchase of future branch meetinghouse sites in foreign areas,” 1961.