Edward L. Kimball

Edward Lawrence Kimball (September 1930 November 21, 2016) was an American scholar, lawyer, and historian who was an emeritus law professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) and wrote biographies of his father, Spencer W. Kimball, and his mother, Camilla Eyring Kimball. Mormon historians have described these as "well crafted" biographies.[1] Kimball's biography of his father, a president of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), has also been listed among "60 Significant Mormon Biographies".[2] Lengthen Your Stride, his history of his father's church presidency, has also been widely recognized.

Kimball was born in Arizona and suffered from polio as a child. He served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Netherlands.[3] He received a bachelor's degree in history and a law degree from the University of Utah. Kimball than went on to earn two further law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kimball wrote an article on Henry Eyring and Harvey Fletcher published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.[4] Kimball served as the editor of his father's book Faith Precedes the Miracle. Kimball was also the compiler and editor of the widely cited work, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982).

Kimball has published an in-depth study on the 1978 Revelation on Priesthood received by his father.[5] He has also written an article on the history of LDS Church temple admissions standards.[6]

As a lawyer, Kimball specialized in evidence law.[7] He also wrote a biography of Frank J. Remington. He also wrote on criminal cases in appellate courts.[8]

Kimball has served in several positions in the LDS Church, including bishop.

Kimball married the Evelyn Bee Madsen (1929-2012) in 1954.[9][10] They are the parents of seven children.

Prior to joining the faculty of BYU, Kimball was a law professor and chairman of the Curriculum Committee at the University of Wisconsin Law School.[11] Kimball started his career as a law professor at the University of Montana, where he taught from 1956 to 1962. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin from 1962 to 1973. He was one of the founding faculty at BYU Law School from 1973 until 1995, when he was granted emeritus status.[12]

Kimball died in Provo, Utah on November 21, 2016 at the age of 86.[13]




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