Arrington, Leonard James

Born: Jul 02, 1917 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Historian


1917 - Born on July 2nd in a farm near Twin Falls, Idaho, and spent his childhood and youth in an agricultural environment. American historian whose many writings on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and service in the 1970s and '80s as church historian and then as director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

1958 - After military service in North Africa and Italy during World War II, he returned to complete a Ph.D. with a dissertation later published as 'Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900'.

1965 - He became the first president of the Mormon History Association.

         - He also served as president of the Western History Association, the Agricultural History Society, and the Pacific Coast branch of the American History Association.

1972 - He was appointed LDS Church Historian (title later changed to Director of History Division).

1979 - His book The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints with Davis Bitton, published by Knopf, has been widely disseminated.

1982 - Arrington served as director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History at Brigham Young University until his retirement.

1986 - He was named a Fellow of the Society of American Historians.

1998 - He published the book, Madelyn Cannon Stewart Silver: Poet, Teacher, and Homemaker and Adventures of a Church Historian.

1999 - Died on February 11th in Salt Lake City from heart failure.
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