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Howard William Hunter

Information regarding President Howard W. Hunter

  • Apostle number: 81
  • Quorum of the Twelve number: 74
  • Date of birth: November 14, 1907
  • Place of birth:  Boise, Ada County, Idaho
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  October 15, 1959
  • Age when ordained apostle:  51 years 11 months
  • End of apostolic service:  March 3, 1995
  • Total apostolic years:  35 years 4 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  October 15, 1959
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:  34 years 7 months
  • Date called as President of the Church: June 5, 1994
  • Age when called as President:  86 years 6 months
  • Tenure as President of the Church:  9 months
  • Date of death:  March 3, 1995
  • Age at death:  87 years 3 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks:  President Hunter has the shortest tenure as President of the Church presently, having served just 9 months as president.  President Hunter was the first president of the LDS Church born in the 20th century (1907) and the last to die in it (1995).  He achieved the rank of Eagle in the Scouting organization, and he had a love for music and played the piano, violin, drums, saxophone, clarinet, and trumpet. He formed a band called Hunter’s Croonaders, which played at many regional events and on a cruise ship to Asia.
  • Inspirational quotes:  “If our lives and our faith are centered on Jesus Christ and his restored gospel, nothing can ever go permanently wrong. On the other hand, if our lives are not centered on the Savior and his teachings, no other success can ever be permanently right.”

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