Charles A. Callis

Charles Albert Callis (May 4, 1865January 21, 1947) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was ordained an apostle by Church President Heber J. Grant on October 12, 1933 and remained in the Quorum of the Twelve until his death.

Early life

Callis was born on May 4, 1865 in Dublin, Ireland to John and Susannah Charlotte Callis. While living in England, Callis met Mormon missionaries in Liverpool and subsequently joined the church along with his three siblings and their widow mother. The Callis family immigrated to Utah Territory in 1875 and settled in Davis County but then moved to the town of Coalville in Summit County where Callis worked in the coal mines and spent his childhood. His mother married George Hyrum Williams on July 25, 1878 and they had several children. At the age of 31, Callis was elected to the Utah House in 1896 and served in the 2nd Utah State Legislature in 1897.

Mission to the South

Callis and his wife Grace Elizabeth Pack served a mission to Florida. He later was called as the president of the Southern States Mission of the church. He held this position until his call as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in 1933.


Callis died in Jacksonville, Florida on January 21, 1947 while presiding over the organization of the first stake of the church in the Southern United States.

Published works

  • Callis, Charles A. (1945). Fundamentals of religion: A series of radio addresses. Zion's Printing and Pub. Co. ISBN B0007FAPHG.


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