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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:

Afton K. and L. Sid Shreeve autobiographical information

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2100
Scope and Contents Includes "The Land Shadowing with Wings," by Lyman S. Shreeve, a compilation of correspondence, 1955-1991; reports, news clippings, and narrative. The account briefly documents his early life in St. Johns, Arizona, 1915-1930s; Latter-day Saint mission to Argentina, 1936-1938; second mission to Argentina, accompanied by his wife, 1945-1948; service as mission president in Uruguay and Paraguay, 1951-1955; work as director of Utah Society for Crippled Children and Adults, 1956-1959; work as...
Dates: 1955-1997

John Henry Smeath mission journals

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197227635445]
Identifier: MSS 3917
Scope and Contents

The John Henry Smeath mission journals, 1923-1990. Includes: John Henry Smeath journals, 1923-1925 and Maude Frances Smeath Weight personal history, 1990. John Henry Smeath served in the British Isles Mission from 1923-1925, and the collection includes both his original journals and a bound typescript. The personal history of Maude Weight, John Henry's sister, is also included.

Dates: 1923-1990

Hyrum Gibbs Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 804
Scope and Contents

Contains documents relating to the life of Hyrum Gibbs Smith. Materials discuss his role as the fifth Presiding Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during 1912-1932, his education as a dentist during 1909-1910, and his personal life. Included are diaries, correspondence, realia, legal documents, and photographs. Materials were created in Salt Lake City, Utah and at the University of Southern California. Dated 1902-1976.

Dates: 1902-1976

A. Walter Stevenson papers and photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1574
Scope and Contents This collection consists of a diary which Stevenson kept while on his mission in England during 1921-1923, 4 anti-Mormon posters acquired while on his mission, 4 scrapbooks, and miscellaneous items. The scrapbooks relate to Stevenson's travels and activities, especially with the Boy Scouts of America. Photographs are located in box 2 and mainly deal with Stevenson's involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. These photographs include pictures of LDS church leaders David O. Mackay, Harold B....
Dates: 1900-1974

Eugene Thompson research collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1542
Scope and Contents Contains the materials Thompson collected during his research on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and evolution. Includes correspondence, newspaper excerpts, publications, and journal entries. Most of the collection consists of photocopies. These materials present a broad sampling of Mormon views and opinions concerning this topic. The majority of the collection deals with the views of Church leaders in the 20th century, including Joseph F. Smith, B. H. Roberts, James E....
Dates: 1875-1974

John N. Weston slides of David O. McKay funeral

Identifier: MSS 7256

Slides of David O. McKay's funeral in 1970.

Dates: 1970