[Salt Lake City]: 1946. Silver gelatin photograph [25 cm x 20 cm] with strong contrasts and in nice condition. Item #5285
Photograph of George Albert Smith with the Silver Beaver and Silver Buffalo Boy Scout Awards on March 20, 1946. George Albert Smith (1870-1951) was born in Salt Lake City. His father, John Henry Smith, and grandfather, George A. Smith, had both been counselors to Church Presidents. While employed in the Federal Land Office for Utah, he was called at the age of 33 to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Despite fragile health and impaired eyesight, he had a distinguished career as a Church leader. He became the eighth President of the Church on May 21, 1945. He organized the Church’s massive welfare assistance to Europe following World War II. He also championed Scouting among Latter-day Saints.