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David O. McKay, Served 1951–1970
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Birth: Born Sept. 8, 1873, in Huntsville, Weber Co., Utah, to David McKay and Jennette Eveline Evans.

Marriage: Married Emma Ray Riggs on Jan. 2, 1901.

Ordained an Apostle: Apr. 9, 1906, at age 32.

Became President: Apr. 9, 1951, at age 77. Served 19 years (1951–1970).

Death: Died on Jan. 18, 1970, at the age of 96, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah.

David O. McKay

Historical Summary
1873 September 8   Born in Huntsville, Weber County, Utah, to David McKay and Jennette Eveline Evans.
1897 June Age 23 Graduated from University of Utah as president and valedictorian of his class.
1897–1899 Age 24–26 Served a mission in Great Britain.
1899 Age 26 Became faculty member of Weber Stake Academy.
1901 January 2 Age 27 Married Emma Ray Riggs (she died November 14, 1970).
1902–1908 Age 29–35 Served as principal of Weber Stake Academy.
1906 April 9 Age 32 Ordained Apostle by President Joseph F. Smith; served as second assistant superintendent of Church Sunday Schools.
1909 Age 36 Served as first assistant superintendent of Church Sunday Schools
1918–1934 Age 45–61 Served as general superintendent of Church Sunday Schools.
1919–1921 Age 46–48 Served as first Church Commissioner of Education.
1920–1921 Age 47–48 Toured missions throughout the world.
1922–1924 Age 49–51 Served as president of European Mission.
1934 October 6 Age 61 Sustained as second counselor to President Heber J. Grant.
1945 May 21 Age 71 Set apart as second counselor to President George Albert Smith.
1950 September 30 Age 77 Became President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
1951 April 9 Age 77 Became President of the Church.
1952 Age 79 New proselytizing plan for missionaries, A Systematic Program for Teaching the Gospel, inaugurated.
1952 Age 79 Toured European missions.
1954 Age 81 Toured South Africa, South America, and Central America.
1955 September 11 Age 82 Dedicated Bern Switzerland Temple.
1956 March 11 Age 82 Dedicated Los Angeles California Temple.
1958 Age 84 Toured South Seas missions; dedicated Church College of New Zealand and Church College of Hawaii (now BYU-Hawaii).
1958 April 20 Age 85 Dedicated Hamiliton New Zealand Temple.
1958 September 7 Age 84 Dedicated London England Temple.
1961 Age 88 Presided over first world seminar for mission presidents.
1961 Age 88 Announced that members of the First Council of the Seventy would be ordained high priests; Church correlation effort is begun.
1964 April Age 90 Mormon Pavilion opened at New York's World Fair.
1964 November 17 Age 91 Dedicated Oakland California Temple.
1965 January Age 91 Weekly family home evening program inaugurated with new Family Home Evening Manual.
1965 October Age 92 Appointed two additional counselors in the First Presidency.
1967 Age 94 First Regional Representatives of the Twelve called.
1970 January 18 Age 96 Died in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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).