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Oscar A. Kirkham
Full name Oscar Ammon Kirkham
Born January 22, 1880(1880-01-22)
Place of birth Lehi, Utah Territory
Died March 10, 1958 (aged 78)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah
LDS Church General Authority
First Council of the Seventy
Called by Heber J. Grant
Start of term October 5, 1941 (aged 61)
End of term March 10, 1958 (aged 78)
End reason Death

Oscar Ammon Kirkham (January 22, 1880 – March 10, 1958) was a general authority in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and one of the seven presidents of Seventy.

Kirkham was born in Lehi, Utah Territory, to James Kirkham and his wife Mary Mercer. Oscar Kirkham was the younger brother of prominent educator and defender of the Book of Mormon Francis W. Kirkham. Kirkham was ordained a Seventy by Joseph W. McMurrin on February 26, 1905. After serving as a Mormon missionary in Germany and graduating from Brigham Young Academy, Kirkham studied music in Germany and then taught at the Latter-day Saints University. Kirkham was involved with Scouting at a high level, serving as a regional scout executive and on the U.S. national staff at the 1929 International Jamboree at Arrowe Park in Birkenhead, England, where he was in charge of the religious exercises of the American scouts.

Heber J. Grant installed Kirkham as one of the seven presidents of the Seventy on October 5, 1941. Marion D. Hanks had Kirkham's personal notes published as a book, Say the Good Word, to which Hanks wrote the forward.

Kirkham was also a longtime executive secretary in the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association of the church. In addition, Kirkham was honored with an eponymously named building on the campus of Brigham Young University–Idaho.

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