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Clark, J. Reuben, Jr., 1871-1961



  • Existence: 1871 - 1961

Biographical History

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. (1871-1961) was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attorney, diplomat, and ecclesiastical leader in Utah.

Joshua Reuben Clark, Jr. was born September 1, 1871 in Grantsville, Utah. He entered Latter-day Saints' University in 1890. Graduating in four years, Clark then attended the University of Utah, receiving a bachelor's degree, and Columbia University, receiving a law degree. He married Lucine Annetta Savage on September 14, 1898 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they raised four children together. He served as Under Secretary of State to President Calvin Coolidge in 1928 and as ambassador to Mexico from 1930–1933. In 1933 Clark was asked to serve as the second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to President Heber J. Grant, later becoming first counselor in 1934. After Grant's death in 1945, he remained as first counselor in the First Presidency under George Albert Smith. When Smith died in 1951, he was called by David O. McKay as second counselor in the First Presidency, returning to the position of first counselor in 1959. He remained in this role until his death.

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. passed away on October 6, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wikipedia, Mar. 21, 2017 (J. Reuben Clark; Joshua Reuben Clark, Jr.; b. Sept. 1, 1871 in Grantsville, Utah; d. Oct. 6, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah; attorney, diplomat, ecclesiastical leader; attended Latter-day Saints' University in 1890 and graduated in four years; received bachelor's degree from University of Utah; received law degree from Columbia University; served as Under Secretary of State to President Calvin Coolidge in 1928; served as ambassador to Mexico 1930–1933; became second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to President Heber J. Grant in 1933 and first counselor in 1934; served as first councilor to George Albert Smith after Grant's death; after Smith dies in 1951, serves as second councilor to David O. McKay and as first councilor in 1959; he served in this position until his death), via WWW, Mar. 7, 2018 (b. Sep. 1, 1871; m. Luacine Annetta Savage, Sep. 14, 1898 in Salt Lake City, UT; four children)

Found in 43 Collections and/or Records:

Bush family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2217

This collection, containing letters, journals, newspaper articles, and other family correspondence, has been organized into folders by year, starting in 1846 and ending in 1960.

Dates: 1846-1960

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

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Christmas card

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231028769]
Identifier: MSS 6758

One Christmas card containing a photocopied message from J. Reuben Clark, 1960.

Dates: 1960

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227631881]
Identifier: MSS 4003
Scope and Contents

Letter of J. Reuben Clark, Salt Lake City to L. R. Woolley, North Logan, dated 5 November 1959. Clark answers several questions Woolley has asked him, including one one on the rearing of children (how strict should parents be) and one on the resurrection of a mortal body with missing limbs. Clark tells a story about Brigham Young.

Dates: 1959 November 5

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. letter to Francis W. Kirkham

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230323567]
Identifier: MSS SC 2383
Scope and Contents

Typewritten and signed letter dated March 15, 1960 and addressed to Francis W. Kirkham. Clark thanks Kirkham for a book sent to him which Kirkham wrote.

Dates: 1960 March 15

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. letter to T. Earl Pardoe

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227650618]
Identifier: MSS 4059
Scope and Contents

Letter contains thanks from Clark to Pardoe for the invitation to the latter's performances at Brigham Young University. Clark states that he is not much of a theater-goer, but he will make use of the invitation if the opportunity should present itself.

Dates: 1951

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 303

The great bulk of the J. Reuben Clark Jr. papers were inventoried in 1967. This register is only of the Clark papers that have come to the library since that time. This addendum contains a variety of papers that cover the full life span of Mr. Clark. However, the great bulk of the material here are his personal diaries and his financial records.

Dates: 1871-1961

Joshua Reuben Clark papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1715
Scope and Contents

Collection contains diaries, correspondence, genealogical records, newspapers clippings, photographs, diary transcriptions, and digital images on optical media.

Dates: 1861-1978

Deseret Museum records, 1891-1903

 Series — Box 24b: Series 2; Series 14; Series 15 [Barcode: 31197227605695], Folder: 14a-14b
Identifier: MSS 229 Series 15
Scope and Contents

Contains an inventory of items owned by the Deseret Museum. The inventory was taken by J. Reuben Clark under the direction of museum curator, James E. Talmage between 1891 and 1903.

Dates: 1891-1903

Additional filters:

Archival Object 22
Collection 18
Digital Record 3
Letters 18
Home and Family 17
Mexico -- Foreign relations -- United States 17
Presidents -- United States -- Correspondence 17
Social Life and Customs 17
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United States -- Foreign relations -- Mexico 17
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century 17
Latter Day Saint churches -- Presidents -- Correspondence 15
Apostles (Latter Day Saint churches) -- Correspondence 14
Latter Day Saint churches -- Doctrines -- History 14
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 10
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 7
Photographs 7
Church Government 6
Diaries 6
Civil Procedure and Courts 5
Education 4
Latter Day Saints -- Utah -- History 4
Lawyers -- Utah 4
Material Types 4
Politicians -- Utah 4
Politics, Government, and Law 4
Speeches, addresses, etc., American 4
Certificates 3
Correspondence 3
Speeches, addresses, etc. 3
Articles 2
Book of Mormon 2
Christmas 2
Colleges and Universities 2
Drafts (Documents) 2
Elementary and Secondary Education 2
Financial records 2
Greeting cards 2
International Relations 2
Missions and Missionaries 2
Political Campaigns 2
Receipts (Acknowledgments) 2
Salt Lake City (Utah) 2
Transcripts 2
Annual reports 1
Artifacts 1
Autograph albums 1
Autographs 1
Benediction -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1
Bible -- Study and teaching 1
Biographies 1
Catalogs 1
Christmas cards -- United States -- History -- Sources 1
Church officers -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Quotations 1
College presidents 1
Commencement ceremonies -- Utah -- Provo 1
Communism -- History 1
Constitutional history -- United States 1
Drama 1
Educators -- Utah -- Correspondence 1
Files (Records) 1
Genealogies 1
Grantsville (Utah) -- History 1
Grazing 1
Handbooks and manuals 1
Hawaii 1
Images 1
Immigration and American Expansion 1
Inaugurations 1
Inventories 1
Israel 1
Jews 1
Latter Day Saint churches -- Apostles 1
Latter Day Saint churches -- Missions -- Middle West -- History 1
Latter Day Saint churches -- Presidents -- Autographs 1
Latter Day Saints -- Attitudes 1
Lectures 1
Legal instruments 1
Manuscripts 1
Museums -- Utah -- Acquisitions -- History -- Sources 1
North Ogden (Utah) 1
Notebooks 1
Notes 1
Oral histories 1
Overland Journeys to the Western United States 1
Panoramas 1
Programs 1
Publications 1
Quotations 1
Religion 1
Religion and science 1
Research (Documents) 1
Resurrection 1
Schedules (Time plans) 1
Science 1
Scrapbooks 1
Sermons, American 1
Sound recordings 1
Tooele (Utah) -- History 1
Tooele County (Utah) -- History 1
United States -- Foreign relations 1
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives 1
United States -- Officials and employees -- Political activity 1
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