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Lee, Harold B., 1899-1973

 Person

Dates

  • 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.

Citation

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 24 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

 Collection
Identifier: MSS P 22
Overview 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

Harold B. Lee administrative files, 1934-1973

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9392 Series 5
Scope and Contents The Harold B. Lee administrative files series contains notes and documents pertaining to the administrative matters of the the office of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This series contains handwritten notes by Harold B. Lee from various meetings, printed notes for various meetings, fincancial records, and images of Spencer W. Kimball, N. Eldon Tanner, and Marion G. Romney. Materials are dated 1934 to 1973.
Dates: 1934-1973

Harold B. Lee artifacts, 1970

 Series — Box: 13
Identifier: MSS 9392 Series 8
Scope and Contents The Harold B. Lee artifacts series contains three unique items from his time as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The series includes a pin depicting the Armor of God, a leatherwork bookmark inscribed with the word "Dad," and a wooden plaque with a quote attributed to Harold B. Lee.
Dates: 1970

Harold B. Lee correspondence, 1936-1973

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9392 Series 1
Scope and Contents The Harold B. Lee correspondence series contains letters to and from Harold B. Lee as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Series includes handwritten letters from family members including a handwritten note from Sister Lee to Harold B. Lee as he attended a conference; typed responses by Harold B. Lee to letters received from members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints including many letters from young...
Dates: 1936-1973

Harold B. Lee family histories, 1874-1977

 Series — Box: 12, Folder: 13-18
Identifier: MSS 9392 Series 7
Scope and Contents The Harold B. Lee family history series contains family histories of the Samuel Lee family. The series includes family group records with personal anecdotes, historical images, handwritten notes by Harold B. Lee, and an original poem written by Harold B. Lee. Materials are dated 1874 and 1977.
Dates: 1874-1977

Harold B. Lee photographs, 1945-1973

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9392 Series 3
Scope and Contents The Harold B. Lee photograph series contains prints of Harold B. Lee, family members, various other individuals, and progress of the Welfare program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that was established by Harold B. Lee. This series contains a folder of negatives that are in cold storage.
Dates: 1945-1973

Harold B. Lee portraits , 1945-1973

 Series — Box: 12, Folder: 12
Identifier: MSS 9392 Series 6
Scope and Contents The Harold B. Lee portrait series contains two portraits of Harold B. Lee and a published biography of his work as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Materials are dated 1945 and 1973.
Dates: 1945-1973

Harold B. Lee scrapbooks, 1893-1968

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9392 Series 2
Scope and Contents The Harold B. Lee scrapbook series contains a missionary scrapbook, scouting scrapbook, and papers from a book of remembrance with handwritten annotations from Harold B. Lee. Materials are dated 1893 to 1968.
Dates: 1893-1968

Harold B. Lee talks, 1928-1973

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9392 Series 4
Scope and Contents The Harold B. Lee talks series contains talks and addresses delivered by Harold B. Lee as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Series includes typed addresses, including the story of messengers coming to the Chiapas, Mexico area 50 years before the area was opened to missionaries, and a blessing for Sister Mary Arvilla Bingham Crandall given by Harold B. Lee; handwritten notes and addresses by Harold B. Lee on various...
Dates: 1928-1973