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Leonard James Arrington
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1917
Twin Falls
Twin Falls County
Idaho, USA
Death: Feb. 11, 1999
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Leonard J. Arrington was raised on a farm in Idaho and attended the University of Idaho majoring in agricultural economics. He worked towards a doctorate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but was drafted in 1943. That same year Arrington married Grace Fort (they would have three children; James, Carl and Susan.) Arrington served overseas in North Africa and Italy until 1946.

After the war he began teaching at the Utah State Agricultural College and except for one year spent in Chapel Hill to complete his doctorate, one year teaching in Italy, and one at UCLA, Arrington would continue to teach at Utah State University until 1972.

Between 1972 and 1982 be began working as the L.D.S. Church Historian. In 1982 Grace passed away, and in 1983 he and Harriet Horn were married.

Dr. Arrington was a prolific writer. He began by publishing articles on nineteenth century Mormon economics, but he soon branched out into other L.D.S.History topics as well as Mormon biography. Some of his better known books include Great Basin Kingdom (1958), The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-Day Saints (1979), and Brigham Young: American Moses (1985). Arrington was also a leader as a professional historian. He helped to establish the Mormon History Association (serving as its first president) and the Western Historical Quarterly. He also served as president of the Western History Association and the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Noah Wesley Arrington (1889 - 1968)
  Edna Grace Corn Arrington (1894 - 1960)
 
 Spouses:
  Grace Fort Arrington (1914 - 1982)*
  Harriett Horne Arrington (1924 - 2013)*
 
 Siblings:
  Leroy Wesley Arrington (1914 - 1995)*
  Leonard James Arrington (1917 - 1999)
  Marie Arrington Davidson (1919 - 2009)*
  Asa Wayne Arrington (1925 - 2005)*
  Doris Elaine Arrington Shelley (1927 - 2007)*
  Donald Charles Arrington (1929 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Logan City Cemetery
Logan
Cache County
Utah, USA
 
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Record added: Aug 11, 2004
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- Douglas Shields
 Added: Apr. 16, 2009
What a breath of fresh air you were to the history of the church. We miss you.
-Anonymous
 Added: Oct. 26, 2005

- Dave
 Added: Oct. 26, 2005
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