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Richards, Stephen L



  • Existence: 1879 - 1959

Biographical History

Stephen L. Richards (1879-1959) was a lawyer and ecclesiastical leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah.

Stephen L Richards, born in Mendon, Utah in 1879, was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from January 8, 1917, to April 9, 1951. Richards also served as First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church under President David O. McKay from April 9, 1951, until his death on May 19, 1959.

About Mormonism, ca. 1951: t.p. (Stephen L. Richards of the Council of the Twelve Apostles)

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, v.4: p.1645 (Richards, Stephen L.; apostle; first counselor to President David O. McKay; born June 18, 1879, Mendon, Utah; died May 19, 1959, Salt Lake City, Utah; attorney; Sunday School general board member)

Turley, Richard E. An apostolic journey, 2019: title page, etc. (subtitle: Stephen L Richards and the expansion of missionary work in South America; middle initial consistently spelled without a period)

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

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.

Dates: 1913-1958

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...
Dates: approximately 1917-1967

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

Preston D. Richards papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1993

The collection consists of papers regarding the life of Preston D. Richards. The collection has correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificates, photographs and other papers. It specifically deals with his life in terms of his business, church, and personal relations. The collection dates 1894-1970.

Dates: 1894-1970