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Birthplace: Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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About Joshua Reuben Clark, Jr.

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Joshua Reuben Clark, Jr. (September 1, 1871 – October 6, 1961) was an American attorney, civil servant, and a prominent leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Born in Grantsville, Utah Territory, Clark was a prominent attorney in the Department of State, and Under Secretary of State for US president Calvin Coolidge. In 1930 Clark was appointed United States Ambassador to Mexico..."

"...He later became an associate professor at George Washington University. Both the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University were named in his honor..."

"...Clark was the first of ten children of Joshua R. and Mary Louisa Wooley Clark. He was born and raised in Grantsville, Utah..."

"...Clark's grandfather had been a minister in the Dunker Faith (Church of the Brethren).[6] Clark's father, Joshua R. Clark, had worked his way west through Utah as a trapper and freighter and felt drawn to the LDS Church after attending his first Sunday service, being baptized a month afterward. .."

"...Clark's father Joshua, although accustomed to hard physical labor, was also reputed to be a knowledgeable, culturally-oriented man. He was hired soon after his baptism to teach school in Grantsville. Shortly after moving there from Salt Lake, he married Mary Louisa Wooley, who was born on the plains as her parents made their way west with Mormon Pioneers. Joshua was the sort of man who, while doing business in Salt Lake, would sleep in a hay loft in order to afford to see a Shakespearean play, and would make great sacrifices to afford to buy a good book..."

"...In 1890 at age 19, and with his father’s consent, Clark was taken to Salt Lake City to enter Latter-day Saints' University..."

"...In the beginning of Clark's second year of law school at Columbia he was elected to the editorial board of the Columbia Law Review..."

"...Clark began his government service in 1906, when he was appointed Assistant Solicitor to the State Department. During their tenure in Washington, the Clark family (consisting of Clark, his wife and four children) was in the wake of the controversy over the Reed Smoot hearings in the US Senate..."

"...Clark served as US ambassador to Mexico from 1930–1933..."

'.... In April 1933, Clark was called to serve in the LDS Church as the Second Counselor in the First Presidency to Heber J. Grant..."

"...In September 1934, Heber J. Grant's First Counselor Anthony W. Ivins died. In October 1934, Clark was ordained an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for purposes of seniority. Immediately thereafter, he was set apart as Grant's First Counselor, with David O. McKay as the Second Counselor..."

"...In 1935, Grant presented a new “Church Security” program, renamed the “Welfare Plan” in 1938, which encouraged industry and personal responsibility and enabled the members to turn to the Church instead of relying on the “demoralizing system” of government dependence..."

"...J. Reuben Clark, Jr., died 6 October 1961, at his residence, 80 D Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, at ninety years of age. Clark served in the First Presidency for twenty-eight years and six months, longer than any other man who has not been President of the Church. He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'J. Reuben Clark', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 October 2011, 19:24 UTC, <> [accessed 14 November 2011]

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J. Reuben Clark, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints's Timeline

September 1, 1871
Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States
September 14, 1898
Age 27
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
June 26, 1899
Age 27
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co, Utah
October 28, 1901
Age 30
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co, Utah
October 6, 1961
Age 90
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
October 9, 1961
Age 90
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States