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William Henry and David S. King papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6143

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains journals, books, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, notes, and other materials on the life and activities of both William Henry and David S. King, dating from 1880 to 1988. The materials on William Henry King include his journals from work as a Mormon missionary in Hawaii, as well as materials from his activities as a United States senator. The papers relating to David S. King document his work both as a politician and with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


  • approximately 1908-1988
  • 1880-1882


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the William Henry and David S. King papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

William Henry King (1863-1949) was a lawyer, judge, and politician. He served as a United States senator for the state of Utah.

William Henry King was born June 3, 1863 in Fillmore, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1880-1883 in Great Britain. He then returned home and was elected to various positions in Fillmore and Millard County. He graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Law Department, was admitted to the bar in 1890, and began practicing law in Utah.

He served as the president of the Territorial Council in 1891, and then became an associate justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1894-1896. He was then elected to Congress when Utah was admitted as a state and served until 1899. In 1916 he was elected as a senator to the United States Senate and served there until 1941. He then practiced law in Washington, D.C., until 1947 when he returned to Utah. He died November 27, 1949.

Biographical History

David S. King (1917-2009) was a lawyer and politician in Utah. He served in the United States Congress representing Utah.

David Sjodahl King was born on June 20, 1917 to William Henry King and Vera Bergita Sjodahl in Salt Lake City, Utah. He grew up and was educated in Washington, D.C., and Paris, France. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah in 1937. After receiving his bachelor’s he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1937 to 1939. After returning from his mission, he then attended Georgetown University where he received a law degree. King married Roaslie Lehner and they are the parents of eight children.

He became a member of the bar association in both Utah and the District of Columbia. He taught commercial law at Stevens Heneger Business College from 1946 to 1958. He served as a representative to the US Congress from 1959 to 1963. He was appointed as the United States Ambassador to Madagascar and Mauritius in 1967 and served until 1969. For the rest of his career King practiced law in Washington, D.C. He also served as an alternate director at the World Bank.

He retired in 1986 and spent more time serving in his church. He served as a mission president in Haiti from 1986 to 1989, the president of the Washington, D.C., Temple from 1990-1993, and beginning in 2005 served as a patriarch for his stake. King passed away in 2009.


6 boxes (3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the papers of Senator William H. King and his son David S. King. The papers of William H. King include both professional and personal papers: mission journals from his mission to Great Britain, a book of his speeches while he served in the Senate, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and articles, both written by or about King. This collection also contains personal and professional papers of David S. King: church materials, pamphlets, articles, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and other materials, circa 1880-1882, 1908-1988.

Custodial History note

Donated by David S. King in 1985.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; David S. King; 1985.

Appraisal note

Utah political history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.I, 2007).

Related Archival Materials note

See also the William Henry King papers (MS 199; Marriott Library, University of Utah) and the David S. King papers (MSS 1541).

Processing Information note

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of William Henry and David S. King papers
Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States