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Backman, Milton V., Jr., 1927-2016

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1927-2016

Biographical History

Milton V. Backman Jr. (1927-2016) was a Mormon historian of American religions with particular emphasis on the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Milton Vaughn Backman Jr. was born on June 11, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He enlisted in the Maritime Service near the end of World War II. After his Maritime Service, he served a mission in South Africa for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He then served in the Korean War. On his birthday in 1953 he married Kathleen McLatchy. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Utah in 1954. He then went on to receive his PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. He was a professor of church history at Brigham Young University from 1960 to 1991.

He published many books including American Religions and the Rise of Mormonism, Christian Churches of America: Origins and Beliefs, Eyewitness Accounts of the Restoration, and many more. After retiring he served several short-term missions in Nauvoo, Illinois and two additional missions with his second wife Sharon Richey, in Nauvoo and Kirtland, Ohio. Backman died on February 6, 2016 in Herriman, Utah.

Citation

Wikipedia, via WWW, January 25, 2016 (Milton V. Backman; b. 1927; served LDS mission in South Africa; historian of American religions; professor of church history at BYU; published many books American Religions and the Rise of Mormonism, Christian Churches of America: Origins and Beliefs, Eyewitness Accounts of the Restoration)

Familysearch, via WWW, January 25, 2016 (Milton V Backman; b. June 11, 1927)

mormonhistoricsites, via WWW, January 25, 2016 (History Is People, Places, Sources, and Stories: An Interview with Milton V. Backman Jr.; b. salt lake city; Maritime Service; served in Korean War; history degree from U of U 1954; PhD U of Pennsylvania 1959)

legacy, via WWW, February 18, 2016 (Milton Vaughn Backman Jr.; d. Feb. 6, 2016 Herriman, UT; bday 1953 married Kathleen McLatchy; 1960-1991 professor at BYU; after retiring short term missions Nauvoo, Illinois; two additional missions with 2nd wife Sharon in Nauvoo and Ohio)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Milton V. Backman Jr. mission papers, approximately 1990-2013

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8785 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains mission journals, tapes, photographs, and other mission materials from Milton Backman's various missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Topics included in these are photographs of Nauvoo or pertaining to the city; documentation on the Kirtland, Ohio region including records of famous members such as Sidney Rigdon and Philo Dibble; and VHS/DVDs of talks made by Backman and Elder Russel M. Nelson for the Carthage Martyrdom program held in Carthage, Illinois on June...
Dates: approximately 1990-2013