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Lee, Harold B., 1899-1973



  • Existence: 1899 - 1973

Biographical History

Harold B. Lee (1899-1973) was the eleventh president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Harold Bingham Lee was born in Clifton, Idaho on March 28, 1899 to parents Samuel Marion and Louisa Emily Bingham Lee. He grew up in Idaho, attending Oneida Stake Academy until he was 17. After graduating from the academy, he taught school for four years until he was called to serve a mission in the western United States. After his mission, he was hired as the principal of the Granite School District in 1923. He was appointed a member of the Salt Lake City Commission in December 1932. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints called him to organize the Church Security Welfare Program in 1935. He was called as an apostle in 1941, and served in that position until 1972 when he was called to be the president of the church. He died on December 26, 1973 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He married Fern L. Tanner on November 14, 1923. Together they had two children. After her death in 1962, he married Freda Joan Jensen on June 17, 1963.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, via WWW, January 22, 2015 (Harold B. Lee: Eleventh President of the Church; b. Mar. 28, 1899 in Clifton, ID; parents Samuel Marion and Louisa Emily Bingham Lee; attended Oneida Stake Academy; taught school for four years; called to serve mission in western US; principal of Granite School District in 1923; appointed member of Salt Lake City Commission in Dec. 1932; organized Church Security Welfare Program in 1935; called to be an apostle in 1941; called to be the president in 1972; d. Dec. 26, 1973; Salt Lake City; married Fern L. Tanner on Nov. 14, 1923; Tanner died in 1962; married Freda Joan Jensen on June 17, 1963)

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Alumni Association records

 File — Folder 1
Identifier: UA 450
Scope and Contents

Contains information and addresses about Founder's Day at Brigham Young University. Also includes two addresses by Harold B. Lee and Karl Maeser.

Dates: 1967

Charles A. Callis photographs

Identifier: MSS P 22

Collection contains photographs taken by Callis. Subjects include the Callis family, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint leaders, and the Southern States Mission.

Dates: approximately 1890-1949

Lee, Harold B., 1970-1975

 File — Carton 20: Series 2 [Barcode: 31197233630612], Folder: 26
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 2 Sub-Series 5

Harold B. Lee letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227631899]
Identifier: MSS 4004
Scope and Contents

Letter of Harold B. Lee, Salt Lake City, to President Carl M. King and Counselors, Manitoba-Minnesota Mission, dated 7 July 1970. Written on stationary of First Presidency. Letter tells of the authorization of funds ($6,344) for the initial planning and architectural work for the building of a Mission Home building.

Dates: 1970 July 7

Harold B. Lee letter to Sherman D. Brown

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232572336]
Identifier: MSS 8661
Scope and Contents

Collection contains a letter written by Harold B. Lee to Sherman D. Brown. The letter describes an experience Harold B. Lee had on a flight to Salt Lake City. He felt hands upon his head in a manner similar to a priesthood blessing, then later experienced massive hemorrhaging. He believed that the blessing on the plane allowed him to survive until he was off the flight. Dated 1973.

Dates: 1973

Harold B. Lee letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230313386]
Identifier: MSS SC 1588
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of three letters addressed to Gil Hodges and signed by Harold B. Lee and David O. McKay, presidents of the Mormon Church. The letters concern the sealing of women to their husbands and the ligitimacy of the use of birth control.

Dates: 1969-1973

Photographs of Harold B. Lee

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 413
Scope and Contents

Collection includes ten photographs of Harold B. Lee taken between the 1900s and the 1970s.

Dates: approximately 1900-1979

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher journal drafts and paper manuscripts, 1975-1996

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1979 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains journal and manuscript drafts collected by Beecher. Includes manuscripts for the Association of Mormon Letters, drafts for Sisters in Spirit and New Views of Mormon History, bibliographies, screenplays, and related correspondence and other materials. Also contains various journals and pamphlets including issues of The Creative Woman, Sunstone, Ensign, and BYU Today. Includes various life histories, including records on Duncan McArthur and his wives and Leonard Arrington. Topics...
Dates: 1975-1996

Vicki Nielson account

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230311901]
Identifier: MSS SC 1486
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a typed account by Vicki Nielson of a visit to England by the Mormon prophet Harold B. Lee talking to Mormon missionaries and the English people.

Dates: 1978

Photograph of Board of Trustees

 Digital Record
Identifier: UAP2_F240_p240top