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John H. Taylor John H. (Harris) Taylor

1875 - 1946

  • Born 1875 Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Baptized 1883
  • Received Aaronic Priesthood and ordained Deacon 1889
  • Received Melchizedek Priesthood and ordained Elder 1896
  • Ordained Seventy 1896
  • Mission to England 1896-1898
  • Married Susan Rachel Grant 1900, Salt Lake Temple; two children
  • Mission to Holland 1907-1909
  • President of Northern States Mission 1923-1928
  • First Council of the Seventy 1933-1946
  • Died 1946 Salt Lake City, Utah

    John Harris Taylor, one of the first seven presidents of Seventies and a member of the general board of Y. M. M. I. A., was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 28, 1875, the son of Thomas E, Taylor and Emma Louise Harris. His paternal grandfather was John Taylor who served as President of the  Church from 1880 until his death in 1887

    He was baptized when eight years of age in the old Endowment House in Salt Lake City, and being active in the Church from his boyhood days, John H. was ordained to the offices of Deacon Dec. 9, 1889; Teacher Sept. 29, 1893, and Priest July 6, 1894. On Jan. 5, 1896, he was ordained to the office of an Elder by Edward Wm. Davis. He was ordained a Seventy Jan. 24, 1896, by Apostle Heber J. Grant, and during the two following years filled a mission to England, during which time he labored as a traveling Elder and later as secretary of the Nottingham Conference.

    After his return from this mission on Sept. 20, 1900 Bro. Taylor married Susan Rachel Grant (daughter of Heber J. Grant and Lucy Stringham), born Aug. 30, 1878. This marriage, which took place in the Salt Lake Temple, was blessed with two children, namely, Lucy and Heber Grant Taylor. To attend to the secular needs of his family he attended the Chicago College of Dental Surgery at Chicago, Illinois, from which institution he graduated in 1901, after which he practiced his profession in Salt Lake City.

    In 1907-1909, he filled a mission to Holland and presided over the Belgian Conference of the Netherlands Mission for a year and a half.

    While residing in the 14th Ward, Salt Lake City, Bro. Taylor acted as president of a Deacons' quorum and assistant superintendent, and later as superintendent of the Sunday school. In 1900 he located in Forest Dale, where he acted as assistant superintendent of the Sunday school and as president of the 105th Quorum of Seventy. On Sept. 20, 1911, he was sustained a member of the general board of Y. M. M. I. A. and called to take charge of athletic work for that organization throughout the Church.

    Later, he was sustained as scout commissioner and appointed special scout commissioner for the Church, representing the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America. In May of 1913, the M.I.A. Scouts, upon invitation from the National Council, affiliated with and became a part of the Boy Scouts of America. The official action of the Executive Board of the National Council was taken May 2, 1913, at which time the General Board of Y.M.M.I.A. issued a charter covering the entire Church, and Dr. John H. Taylor was given a special commission as representative of the National Council in charge of all M.I.A. Scouts. At the June Conference of 1913, on Saturday afternoon, June 7th, a M.I.A. day celebration was held at Wandamere, and the program was devoted entirely to Scout activities. This was the first general Scout gathering in the Church.

    In 1923, Dr. Taylor was called to preside over the Northern States Mission, with headquarters at Chicago, Illinois, and upon being released from that position in 1928, he and his wife were called to take charge of the Missionary Home in Salt Lake City, where missionaries receive training from one to two weeks, preparatory to leaving on their missions.

    Dr. Taylor had a pleasing personality and was eminently fitted for the position he then held; he wielded a great influence for good over the young people with whom he came in contact in the mission home, in which work he was ably assisted by his wife.

    In the General Conference of the Church held in 1933, he was sustained as one of the seven presidents of Seventy. He was set apart to that position by President Heber J. Grant. He would hold that position and serve with honor, distinction, and energy until his death May 28, 1946 at Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp.72-73, 248, 363
    2005 Church Almanac, p73

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