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



  • 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.

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

The mission of Brigham Young University : an address / given by David O. McKay

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233646691]
Identifier: UA 5428
Scope and Contents

An address given by President David O. McKay on the mission of Brigham Young University. The address was given at Brigham Young University on April 27, 1948.

Dates: 1948 April 27

Phillip L. Morgan autograph collection

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197225527180]
Identifier: MSS 3152
Scope and Contents

Collection consists of autographed, typewritten letters from General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dates: 1935-1983

Motion Picture Studio collection for Portrait of a Prophet

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: UA 5414
Scope and Contents

Contains photographs for the production of the film Portrait of a Prophet from the Motion Picture Studio. Includes images from the life of David O. McKay. Materials date from between 1873 and 1967.

Dates: approximately 1873-1967

My life story

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231023711]
Identifier: MSS 6821

The manuscript and other drafts of Selvoy Jarrett Boyer's life history, entitled My Life Story. Dated 1969-1981.

Dates: 1969-1981

Oral history interview with Russel B. Swensen

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227657902]
Identifier: MSS 6858

Oral history interview with Russel Swensen conducted by Dale C. LeCheminant on 24 June 1976 in Provo, Utah.

Dates: 1976 June 24

Orson F. Whitney correspondence with general authorities and other dignitaries, 1912-1930

Identifier: MSS 15 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Materials include originals and transcriptions of correspondence between Orson F. Whitney and apostles David O. McKay, Heber M. Wells, John A. Widstoe, Horace G. Whitney, and Levi Edgar Young about matters relating to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dated 1882-1930.

Dates: 1912-1930

Sidney J. and Ernest A. Ottley scrapbooks

Identifier: MSS 3734
Scope and Contents

Contains five albums. The first three albums include photographs, postcards, booklets, and newspaper clippings, relating to Sidney James Ottley's mission to New Zealand from 1912-1914. The fourth album includes family photographs, announcements of weddings, deaths, and anniversaries, as well as greeting cards. The fifth album belongs to Ernest A. Ottley and covers his life in Millard County, Utah to his missionary service in New Zealand.

Dates: 1878-1983

T. Earl Pardoe scrapbook

 Collection — Volume 1: [Barcode: 31197231190635]
Identifier: MSS 321
Scope and Contents

Christmas cards glued into a scrapbook. There are about a hundred of these items in the book. These cards were received by Pardoe from 1959 to 1961 and were signed by various friends and associates including David O. McKay, president of the Mormon Church, and J. Reuben Clark, an Apostle in the Mormon Church.

Dates: 1959-1961

Personal papers, 1906-1966

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1993 Series 3
Scope and Contents This series contains correspondence and other papers of Richards' personal life, particularly correspondence with his family, spanning from 1906-1966. It includes correspondence with Paul Richards, circa 1936-1949; correspondence with various people, particularly with family, 1939-1942; and a few letters from J. Reuben Clark, Jr. It also contains a diploma, 1908; correspondence between Wesley G. Howell and Mrs. Preston D. Richards shortly after Preston D. Richard's death (mostly concerning...
Dates: 1906-1966