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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:

Stephen L. Richards manuscripts

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230317106]
Identifier: MSS SC 1915
Scope and Contents

Two typewritten photocopies of an address for the General Conference of the Mormon Church in April 1932, newspaper clippings, and one photocopy of pages 66 and 67 of a General Conference report booklet. Richards attacks dogmatism, intolerance, and bigotry as highly destructive and as enemies of the Mormon faith. The General Conference booklet does not include any kind of information concerning Richards' controversial address.

Dates: 1932

Stephen L. Richards notes for Remarks

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230327782]
Identifier: MSS 307
Scope and Contents

Mimeographed copy of typewritten notes. The item relates to a funeral oration given by Richards on 6 Nov. 1945 eulogizing Joseph J. Cannon. Cannon was an author, editor of the "Deseret News," and a businessman in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dates: 1945

Stephen L. Richards papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5950
Scope and Contents

Collection contains general conference addresses and other speeches written by Richards and family history documents, church pamphlets, diaries, correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, books, photographs, newspaper clippings and journals, dated 1843 to 1959.

Dates: 1843-1959