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James Louis Barker
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Birth: Jul. 27, 1880
Ogden
Weber County
Utah, USA
Death: May 29, 1958
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

James Louis Barker (27 July 1880 – 29 May 1958) was an American historian and a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Barker received his early education in the Weber County (Utah) School District and the University of Utah (B.A., 1901). Barker then served as a Mormon missionary in the Swiss–Austrian Mission of the LDS Church. After his return from this mission in 1904, he began an extensive study of foreign languages in Europe. He studied at the Sorbonne and the Catholic Institute in Paris. He also studied at the University of Marburg and at universities in Geneva and Neuchâtel. In 1906, Barker married Kate Montgomery. After his return to the United States, he was hired as Principal of Weber Academy (now Weber State University) and later as Chair of Brigham Young University's fledgling language department. In 1919, he was appointed head of the University of Utah's Modern Language Department, a position he held for almost three decades. He is the author of the book Apostasy from the Divine Church which is a scholarly account of what he viewed as the decline and fall of the Christian Church not too many years after the times of the early Apostles. His book cites extensively from early historical sources, not all of which are documented because of his death before the publication of the book. The point-of-view is that of the LDS Church, but it is not an official church publication. The book was published by Barker's wife in 1959, then went out-of-print for a number of years, was re-published in 1985, and is again out-of-print. In 1944, Barker was serving as the president of the Argentine Mission of the LDS Church. In this year he organized the first branch of the church in Uruguay. In the late 1940s, Barker served as the president of the French Mission of the LDS Church. The mission included all of France as well as French-speaking Switzerland and the Walloon region of Belgium. Barker also sent missionaries into Italy to try to contact church members there. In September 1947, Barker and his wife accompanied Archibald F. Bennett and James M. Black on their three-week trip to the Piedmont Region of northern Italy in which they microfilmed records for the Genealogical Society of Utah.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Barker (1840 - 1918)
  Margaret Staley Barker (1850 - 1938)
 
 Spouse:
  Kate Montgomery Barker (1881 - 1972)
 
 Children:
  Nancy Montgomery Barker (1907 - 1941)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Barker (____ - 1879)*
  Mary Rosabell Barker (1869 - 1875)*
  Margaret Emma Barker Wheeler (1871 - 1946)*
  Henry Barker (1873 - 1963)*
  Frederick Barker (1876 - 1969)*
  James Louis Barker (1880 - 1958)
  William Nathan Barker (1883 - 1957)*
  Ann Frances Barker Clifford (1888 - 1920)*
  Lily May Barker Richards (1893 - 1961)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ben Lomond Cemetery
North Ogden
Weber County
Utah, USA
Plot: plot C_5_1_2
 
Created by: K
Record added: May 31, 2010
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James Louis Barker
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James Louis Barker
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