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date: 22 January 2021

Hunter, Howard Williamlocked

(14 Nov.1907–3 Mar. 1995)
  • Stephen C. Taysom

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Hunter, Howard William (14 Nov.1907–3 Mar. 1995), attorney and fourteenth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), was born in Boise, Idaho, to John William Hunter and Nellie Marie Rasmussen. His father worked as a motorman for the streetcar and interurban trolley system operated by the Boise Valley Traction Company. Hunter was raised in a working-class environment, and held many jobs as a child and adolescent. Unlike most LDS leaders, Hunter was not from a prominent Utah family, and in fact his father was not involved with the LDS church when Hunter was a child. Furthermore, Hunter, unlike most LDS church presidents, was not baptized at the age of eight (he was not baptized until he was twelve), and never served a full-time mission for the LDS church as a young man...

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