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Heber J. Grant, Served 1918–1945
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Birth: Born Nov. 22, 1856, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, to Jedediah M. Grant and Rachel Ridgeway Ivins.

Ordained an Apostle: Oct. 16, 1882, at age 25.

Became President: Nov. 23, 1918, at age 62. Served 27 years (1918–1945).

Death: Died on May 14, 1945, at the age of 88, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah.

Heber J. Grant
 

Historical Summary
1856 November 22   Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Jedediah Morgan Grant and Rachel Ridgeway Ivins.
1856 December 1 Age 9 days Father, Jedediah M. Grant-second counselor to Brigham Young and first mayor of Salt Lake City–died.
1871 Age 15 Ordained to office of Seventy.
1875 June 10 Age 19 Became a member of the superintendency of the first Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association initiated in a ward.
1880 April 6 Age 23 Became secretary to the general superintendency of the first Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association.
1880 October 30 Age 23 Called to preside over the Tooele Utah Stake.
1882 October 16 Age 25 Ordained Apostle by George Q. Cannon.
1883–1884 Age 27–28 Visited communities of Native Americans and worked with Church leaders to call and set apart priesthood holders to labor among them.
1896 January 4 Age 40 Utah received statehood; Heber J. Grant considered as candidate for the first governorship of the state.
1897 Age 41 Became member of general superintendency of Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association; became business manager of the Improvement Era, which he helped found.
1901 August 1–1903 September 8 Age 45–47 Organized and presided over Japanese Mission.
1904 January 1–1906 December 5 Age 47–50 Served as president of British and European Missions.
1916 November 23 Age 60 Became President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
1918 November 23 Age 62 Became President of the Church.
1919 November 27 Age 63 Dedicated Laie Hawaii Temple.
1923 August 26 Age 66 Dedicated Cardston Alberta Temple.
1924 October 23 Age 67 Spoke on first radio broadcast of general conference.
1925 Age 69 First organized training for missionaries held.
1927 October 23 Age 70 Dedicated Mesa Arizona Temple.
1929 July 15 Age 72 Tabernacle Choir began weekly network radio broadcasts.
1933 June 1 Age 76 Church-sponsored exhibit at Chicago's World Fair.
1936 April Age 79 Church Security Plan (later changed to Church Welfare Program) began.
1937 Age 81 Church European tour of Great Britain and western Europe.
1939 February 18 Age 82 Church-sponsored exhibit at San Francisco's World Fair.
1945 May 14 Age 88 Died in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 
 

Sources
2003 Church Almanac (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, c2002].
My Kingdom Shall Roll Forth: Readings in Church History (Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, c1979].
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant. (Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, c2002].