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McKay, David Omanlocked

(08 September 1873–18 January 1970)
  • Michael J. Latzer


McKay, David Oman (08 September 1873–18 January 1970), ninth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was born in Huntsville, Utah, the son of David McKay and Jennette Evans, farmers. Both parents were the children of Mormon converts who immigrated to Utah from Great Britain; the paternal grandparents of David McKay were among the first Mormon converts in Britain. When his son was eight years old, David McKay, Sr., received a call from the church to minister as a missionary in Scotland, leaving his son, as the eldest male in the household, in nominal charge of the family farm. Educated at the Weber Stake Academy in Ogden, Utah, McKay read widely in English literature in his free time. He became principal of the community school in Huntsville at age twenty but, feeling the need for better preparation for a career in education, enrolled soon after at the University of Utah, from which he graduated in 1897 as class valedictorian....

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