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David Orson Calder

June 18, 1823–July 3, 1884

1 Born at Thurso, Caithness, Scotland; son of Ann Johnston and George Calder. 2 Baptized by Orson Pratt, August 1840, at Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland; adopted his middle name after Pratt. 3 Married Annie Rogers Mackay, 1848; participated in plural marriage. 4 Immigrated to the United States aboard the George W. Bourne, 1851. 5 Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley, 1853. 6 Served as chief clerk and private secretary to Brigham Young, managing director and editor of the Deseret News, and treasurer of Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI). Helped found Commercial College as part of Deseret University. Began the first music store in the Salt Lake Valley. 7 Died at Lake Point, Tooele County, Utah Territory; buried at Salt Lake City. 8 (See Document 3.1)


  1. [1] Utah Division of State History, “Utah Cemeteries and Burials,” database, Cemeteries and Burials (, accessed Apr. 2014), David O. Calder.
  2. [2] “David O. Calder,” Deseret News [weekly], July 9, 1884, 9. “David O. Calder,” Salt Lake Tribune, July 4, 1844, 4. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed Aug. 2014), David Orson Calder KWV5-FYJ .
  3. [3] “David O. Calder,” 9.
  4. [4] “Family Tree,” database, David Orson Calder.
  5. [5] “Mormon Migration,” database, 1840–1932, Mormon Migration (, accessed Oct. 2014), David Orson Calder; extracted from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Immigration Index CD (2000).
  6. [6] “Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel,” database, 1847–1868, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel (, accessed Apr. 2014), David Orson Calder.
  7. [7] “David O. Calder,” Deseret News, 9. “David O. Calder,” Salt Lake Tribune, 4.
  8. [8] Ibid. “Utah Cemeteries and Burials,” database, David O. Calder.