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Ballard, Melvin Joseph, 1873-1939



  • Existence: 1873 - 1939

Biographical History

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.

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:

Ballard family photographs

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197233280798]
Identifier: MSS P 40
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs of Melvin J. Ballard, his family, and associates.

Dates: 1873-1939

Melvin Joseph Ballard scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8064
Content Description

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.

Dates: 1893-1945

Charles A. Callis photographs

Identifier: MSS P 22
Scope and Contents

Contains copy prints, with corresponding negatives, of photographs taken by Callis and one original collodion POP carte-de-visite taken by Abernathy, 29 High Street, Belfast, Ireland. Subjects include the Callis family, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Southern States Mission. Dated approximately 1890-1949.

Dates: approximately 1890-1949

Charles A. Callis and Melvin J. Ballard photograph, 1925

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239174847]
Identifier: MSS P 22 Item 3
Scope and Contents

Copy print of Charles A. Callis and Melvin J. Ballard.

Dates: 1925

Mutual Improvement Associations presentation of the contributors

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233282778]
Identifier: Vault MSS 27
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1923

Joseph West Smith letters received

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230324615]
Identifier: MSS SC 2498
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: Other: 1923 August 17; 1923 June 20

Claude L. White papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1817
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1915-1963