Ballard, Melvin Joseph, 1873-1939
- Existence: 1873 - 1939
Melvin Joseph Ballard (1873-1939) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Melvin Joseph Ballard was born on February 9, 1873 in Logan, Utah Territory, to Henry Ballard and Margaret McNeal. He attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 1884. In June 1896, he married Martha A. Jones and only a month later left on a mission to the larger cities of the eastern United States. He was transferred to the Northern States Mission and returned to Utah in December of 1898. In 1899, along with Joseph E. Cardon, he organized the Logan Knitting Factory. He served as the Mission president of the Northwestern States Mission. Ballard was ordained an apostle and became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on January 7, 1919. He died of leukemia in 1939.
Citation:Sermons and missionary services of Melvin Joseph Ballard, 1949.
LC in RLIN, Jan. 29, 98 (hdg.: Ballard, Melvin Joseph, 1873-1939)
Sunstone, June 2011: p. 9 (Elder Melvin J. Ballard, apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1919-1939; president of the Northwestern States Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; d. 30 July 1939)
Wikipedia, website viewed 1 December 2011 (Melvin J. Ballard; Melvin Joseph Ballard; member Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, January 7, 1919-July 30, 1939, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; b. February 9, 1873, Logan, Utah Territory; d. July 30, 1939, Salt Lake City, Utah; graduated from Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah)
Encyclopedia of Mormonism,1992: p.1632 (Ballard, Melvin J. (Joseph); apostle, Jan 7, 1919-July 30, 1939; b. Feb 9, 1873, Logan Utah; d. July 30, 1939, Salt Lake City; businessman, civic leader, mission president)
Wikipedia, via WWW, October 29, 2015 (Melvin J. Ballard; b. Feb. 9, 1873 d. 1939; member of Quorum of Twelve of LDS Church; b. logan, UT; parents Henry and Margaret; BYU graduated 1884; June 1896 married Martha Jones; served mission in eastern United States and Northern states; returned Dec. 1898; 1899 started Logan Knitting Factory with Joseph Cardon; mission president of Northwestern States; ordained apostle in Jan. 7, 1919; died of leukemia 1939)
Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:
Contains four scrapbooks of Ballard documenting his service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including missionary work and the development of the welfare program. Scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, programs, and letters. Dated 1893 to 1945.
Printed and signed circulars. "Presentation of the Contributors and Improvement Eras made by the General Board of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association." The items were signed by George Albert Smith, Richard R. Lyman, and Melvin J. Ballard.
Typewritten and signed letters dated 20 June and 17 Aug. 1923. The items are addressed to Joseph W. Smith and are signed by the Mormon Church leaders, Melvin J. Ballard and John A. Widtsoe. The letters deal primarily with business matters.
Correspondence, diaries, a play script, and a missionary tracting book. The materials relate to White's activities as a missionary for the Mormon Church in the Northwestern States Mission from 1915 to 1917. The diaries are for the years from 1915 to 1916 and for 1963. Most of the correspondence are between White and family members, but some are also with Melvin J. Ballard, a Mormon official who became an apostle in 1919.