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David S. and Rosalie Lehner King papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7930

Scope and Contents

Contains two drafts of an autobiography of David S. King and an oral history interview of Rosalie L. King. Items document their life experiences, including his political service, their service as Mormon missionaries in Haiti, and their work as president and matron of the Washington Temple. Materials date from between 1990 and 1995.


  • 1990-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Rosalie Lehner King (born 1926) is the wife of David S. King, and served as the matron of the Washington Temple.

Rosalie L. King was born August 25, 1926, to Virginia West Lehner and Chester Hart Lehner. In 1947, she graduated with a degree in nursing from the University of Utah. She then met and married David S. King. They had eight children. Throughout her married life, she and David served the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a number of capacities. She accompained her husband when he served as mission president in the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission, and she later served as the matron of the Washington Temple. Rosalie's husband, David S. King, was a United States Congressman and ambassador for most of their married life.

Biographical History

David S. King (1917-2009) was a lawyer and politician in Utah who 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 Rosalie 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 U.S. 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 Temple from 1990 to 1993, and beginning in 2005 served as a patriarch for his stake. King passed away in 2009.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Contains two series: 1. David S. King autobiography, 1995. 2. Oral history interview with Rosalie Lehner King, 1990.

Custodial History

Donated by Rosalie L. and David S. King.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Rosalie L. and David S. King.


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

Illustrates what life was like for a Utah Congressman and his family during his political term.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.

Register of David S. and Rosalie Lehner King papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
2011 August 1
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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