David S. King

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David Sjodahl King
David Sjodahl King circa 1950.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by William A. Dawson
Succeeded by Sherman P. Lloyd
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1967
Preceded by Sherman P. Lloyd
Succeeded by Sherman P. Lloyd
United States Ambassador to Madagascar
In office
January 26, 1967 – August 16, 1969
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M. Nixon
Preceded by C. Vaughan Ferguson, Jr.
Succeeded by Anthony D. Marshall
United States Ambassador to Mauritius
In office
July 29, 1968 – August 16, 1969
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M. Nixon
Preceded by William B. Hussey
Succeeded by William D. Brewer
Personal details
Born (1917-06-20)June 20, 1917
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died May 5, 2009(2009-05-05) (aged 91)
Kensington, Maryland, United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rosalie King
Children 8
Education University of Utah
Georgetown University Law School
Occupation Lawyer

David Sjodahl King (June 20, 1917 – May 5, 2009) was a representative from Utah. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and education[edit]

King was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1917. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1937. From 1937 to 1939, he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Great Britain.[1] After his mission, King attended and graduated from Georgetown University Law School. After serving as a clerk for Justice Howard M. Stephens of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1943, King returned to Utah.

Legal and political career[edit]

In Utah, King served as counsel to the Utah Tax Commission from 1944 to 1946. He also was involved in private practice from 1945. From 1946 to 1958, he taught commercial law at Intermountain Business College. From 1948 to 1958, King was the second assistant to Elbert R. Curtis, who was the ninth General Superintendent of the church's Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association.

King was elected as a Democrat to the 86th and 87th United States Congresses between January 3, 1959 and January 3, 1963. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1962, choosing instead to run for a seat in the United States Senate. His senatorial campaign was unsuccessful. King was elected to the 89th Congress in 1964, but was defeated in his bid for reelection in 1966. He was appointed United States Ambassador to Madagascar and to Mauritius in January 1967 and in May 1968, respectively, serving in those two positions concurrently until August 1969.

During the 1970s and 1980s, King practiced law in Washington, D.C., and served as an alternate director at the World Bank. He retired in 1986 to devote his time to serving the LDS Church.

LDS Church service in retirement [2][edit]

From July 1986 to June 1989, he served as president of the church's Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission. King served from September 1990 to 1993 as the president of the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland.[3][4] In November 1994, he was called to serve as a patriarch for the Washington D.C. Stake and the District of Columbia District.

Family life[edit]

King was a resident of Kensington, Maryland where he lived with his wife of 61 years, Rosalie King. They were the parents of eight children. His father, William H. King, was a Senator from Utah. He was preceded in death by his sons David King, Jr., and Elliott West King. David King died on May 5, 2009,[5][6] and was buried in Parklawn Memorial Cemetery.[7]


King was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice, an English immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony, as follows:[8]

  • David Sjodahl King, son of
  • William Henry King, (1863 – 1949), son of
  • William King (1834 – 1892), son of
  • Thomas Rice King (1813 – 1879),[9] son of
  • Thomas King (1770 – 1845), son of
  • William King (1724 – 1793), son of
  • Ezra Rice King (1697 – 1746), son of
  • Samuel Rice King (1667 – 1713), son of
  • Samuel Rice (1634 – 1684), son of

Published works[edit]

  • King, David S. (2000), Come to the House of the Lord, Horizon Publishers & Distributors Inc., ISBN 0-88290-687-9 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Sjodahl King biography in the Congressional Biography database
  2. ^ "President David Sjodahl King", Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission Alumni, retrieved 12 Oct 2012 
  3. ^ "New temple presidents", Church News, June 16, 1990 
  4. ^ "New temple presidents", Church News, June 12, 1993 
  5. ^ "David S. King obituary". Washington Post 7 May 2009. Retrieved 9 Aug 2009. 
  6. ^ "David King, prominent Demo from Utah dies". Deseret News 9 May 2009. Retrieved 9 Aug 2009. 
  7. ^ "David Sjodahl King". Find a Grave. 
  8. ^ Edmund Rice (1638) Association, 2007. Descendants of Edmund Rice: The First Nine Generations.
  9. ^ "Thomas Rice King". Early Latter Day Saints; Mormon Trail Database. Retrieved 21 Sep 2010. 

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William A. Dawson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Sherman P. Lloyd
Preceded by
Sherman P. Lloyd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Sherman P. Lloyd
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
C. Vaughan Ferguson, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Madagascar
Succeeded by
Anthony D. Marshall
Preceded by
William B. Hussey
United States Ambassador to Mauritius
Succeeded by
William D. Brewer