William Henry and David S. King papers

William Henry and David S. King papers

Dates: approximately 1908-1988, 1880-1882

Collection contains journals, books, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, notes, and other materials on the life and activities of both William Henry and David S. King, dating from 1880 to 1988. The materials on William Henry King include his journals from work as a Mormon missionary in Hawaii, as well as materials from his activities as a United States senator. The papers relating to David S. King document his work both as a politician and with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: King, David S. (David Sjodahl), 1917-2009. -- King, William Henry, 1863-1949
  • Call Number: MSS 6143
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; 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 William Henry and David S. King papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6143; William Henry and David S. King papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6143, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by David S. King in 1985.
Acquisition Information
Donated; David S. King; 1985.
Related Material
See also the William Henry King papers (MS 199; Marriott Library, University of Utah) and the David S. King papers (MSS 1541).
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Hawaii; King, David S. (David Sjodahl), 1917-2009--Archives; King, William Henry, 1863-1949--Archives; United States. Congress; Religion; International Relations; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon missionaries--Hawaii; Political Campaigns; Politics, Government, and Law
Genre / Form
Books; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Notes; Pamphlets
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
Utah political history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.I, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
King (William Henry and David S.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-18T04:02-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

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.

Biographical History

David S. King (1917-2009) was a lawyer and politician in Utah. He served in the United States Congress representing Utah.

David Sjodahl King was born on June 20, 1917 to William Henry King and Vera Bergita Sjodahl in Salt Lake City, Utah. He grew up and was educated in Washington, D.C., and Paris, France. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah in 1937. After receiving his bachelor’s he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1937 to 1939. After returning from his mission, he then attended Georgetown University where he received a law degree. King married Roaslie Lehner and they are the parents of eight children.

He became a member of the bar association in both Utah and the District of Columbia. He taught commercial law at Stevens Heneger Business College from 1946 to 1958. He served as a representative to the US Congress from 1959 to 1963. He was appointed as the United States Ambassador to Madagascar and Mauritius in 1967 and served until 1969. For the rest of his career King practiced law in Washington, D.C. He also served as an alternate director at the World Bank.

He retired in 1986 and spent more time serving in his church. He served as a mission president in Haiti from 1986 to 1989, the president of the Washington, D.C., Temple from 1990-1993, and beginning in 2005 served as a patriarch for his stake. King passed away in 2009.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts