Heber J. Grant was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, on 22 November 1856 to Jedediah Morgan Grant and Rachel Ridgeway Ivins. He married Lucy Stringham on 1 November 1877, Augusta Winters on 26 May 1884, and Emily Harris Wells on 27 May 1884. He served as president of the Tooele Stake from 1880 to 1882 and was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1882. In 1901 he opened the first Latter-day Saint mission in Japan. He served as president of the European Mission from 1903 to 1906. Grant was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1918 to 1945. He died in Salt Lake City on 14 May 1945.
 “Heber J. Grant Dies at 88,” Salt Lake Tribune, 15 May 1945, 1–2.