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David Sjodahl King (June 20, 1917 – May 5, 2009) was a representative from Utah. He was a member of the Democratic Party.


Early life and education

King was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1917. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1937. From 1937 to 1939, he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Great Britain.[1] After his mission, King attended and graduated from Georgetown University Law School. After serving as a clerk for Justice Howard M. Stephens of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1943, King returned to Utah.

Legal and political career

In Utah, King served as counsel to the Utah Tax Commission from 1944 to 1946. He also was involved in private practice from 1945. From 1946 to 1958, he taught commercial law at Intermountain Business College. From 1948 to 1958, King was the second assistant to Elbert R. Curtis, who was the ninth General Superintendent of the church's Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association.

King was elected as a Democrat to the 86th and 87th United States Congresses between January 3, 1959 and January 3, 1963. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1962, choosing instead to run for a seat in the United States Senate. His senatorial campaign was unsuccessful. King was elected to the 89th Congress in 1964, but was defeated in his bid for reelection in 1966. He was appointed United States Ambassador to Madagascar and to Mauritius in January 1967 and in May 1968, respectively, serving in those two positions concurrently until August 1969.

During the 1970s and 1980s, King practiced law in Washington, D.C., and served as an alternate director at the World Bank. He retired in 1986 to devote his time to serving the LDS Church. From 1986 to 1989, he served as president of the church's Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission. King served from 1990 to 1993 as the president of the Washington D.C. Temple in Kensington, Maryland.[2] In 1994, he was called to serve as a patriarch for his church stake.

Family life

King was a resident of Kensington, Maryland where he lived with his wife of 61 years, Rosalie King. They are the parents of eight children. His father, William H. King, was a Senator from Utah. He was preceded in death by his sons David King Jr and Elliott West King. King died on May 5, 2009.[3][4]


King was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice, an English immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony, as follows:[5]

  • David Sjodahl King, son of
  • William Henry King, (1863 – 1949), son of
  • William King (1834 – 1892), son of
  • Thomas Rice King (1813 – 1879), son of
  • Thomas King (1770 – 1845), son of
  • William King (1724 – 1793), son of
  • Ezra Rice King (1697 – 1746), son of
  • Samuel Rice King (1667 – 1713), son of
  • Samuel Rice (1634 – 1684), son of

See also


  1. ^ David Sjodahl King biography in the Congressional Biography database
  2. ^ Church News, June 16, 1990 and June 12, 1993.
  3. ^ "David S. King obituary". Washington Post 7 May 2009. Retrieved 9 Aug 2009.  
  4. ^ "David King, prominent Demo from Utah dies". Deseret News 9 May 2009. Retrieved 9 Aug 2009.  
  5. ^ Edmund Rice (1638) Association, 2007. Descendants of Edmund Rice: The First Nine Generations.


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