60 years ago today - Sep 7, 1963

A Deseret News insert titled 'President McKay Birthday Tribute,' with the headline on page 2: "Portrait of a Prophet at 90," and a caption on page 7: "Huntsville is the Prophet's birthplace." This is not quite two years after the death of Counselor J. Reuben Clark who had opposed using "the Prophet" as a reverential title for the living LDS president. However, the Church News itself continues referring to McKay only as "President McKay" until 1965 after which there are increasing headline references to him as "the Prophet" or "the Beloved Prophet."

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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