William Henry King papers

William Henry King papers

Dates: 1923

Contains notes of Utah Senator William H. King from August 2, 1923 to August 18, 1923, documenting his visit to the Soviet Union. He describes the Soviet Union’s hospitals, poverty, propaganda, religious beliefs, and treatment of the military. He visits the house where the Romanovs were executed. He visits some orphans who are recovering from starvation and disease with the help of the Near East Relief organization. The papers contain notes from interviews in addition to these eyewitness narratives.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: King, William Henry, 1863-1949
  • Call Number: MSS 4106
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Senator William H. King papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
162 pages typed, with editing marks. Photocopies of some handwritten journal pages are included.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4106; Senator William H. King papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4106, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Gary True in 1990.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Gary True; 1990.
Related Material
See also the Le Kirk Letter, 1929 (MSS 3940) and Gary True's "The Unofficial Tour of the Russian Frontier, 1923" (MSS 4103).
Subject Terms
Near East Relief (Organization); International Relations; Politics, Government, and Law; Russia--Manners and customs--20th century; Soviet Union--Armed Forces--Military life; Soviet Union--Economic conditions
Genre / Form
Diaries; Notes
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 6 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
Utah political history (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007.)
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Finding Aid Title
King (William Henry) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-12-06T15:42-0700
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Biographical History

William Henry King (1863-1949) was a lawyer, judge, and politician. He served as a United States senator for the state of Utah.

William Henry King was born June 3, 1863 in Fillmore, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1880-1883 in Great Britain. He then returned home and was elected to various positions in Fillmore and Millard County. He graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Law Department, was admitted to the bar in 1890, and began practicing law in Utah.

He served as the president of the Territorial Council in 1891, and then became an associate justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1894-1896. He was then elected to Congress when Utah was admitted as a state and served until 1899. In 1916 he was elected as a senator to the United States Senate and served there until 1941. He then practiced law in Washington, D.C., until 1947 when he returned to Utah. He died November 27, 1949.

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