His twenty-seven-year administration (1918-1945) was Mormonism's second longest. During this period, Mormon population increased twofold. He traveled extensively, filled over 1,500 appointments, delivered 1,250 sermons and more than two dozen major addresses to non-Mormon audiences. But his achievement lay in something larger than the hurried pace these statistics suggest. "He was a valiant pioneer and a great fighter," eulogized a friend. "He wrote his own epitaph in the achievements that caused the desert to blossom as a rose."
See: Bryant S. Hinckley, Heber J. Grant: Highlights in the Life of a Great Leader (1951); Francis M. Gibbons, Heber J. Grant: Man of Steel, Prophet of God (1979); Ronald W. Walker, "Heber J. Grant," in Leonard J. Arrington, ed., Presidents of the Church (1986); Ronald W. Walker, "Crisis in Zion: Heber J. Grant and the Panic of 1893," Arizona and the West 21 (Autumn 1979); later reissued in Sunstone 5 (January-February 1980); Ronald Walker, "Heber J. Grant and the Utah Loan and Trust," Journal of Mormon History 8 (1981); Ronald Walker, "Young Heber J. Grant: Entrepreneur Extraordinary," Twentieth Century American West (1983); and Ronald Walker, "Young Heber J. Grant's Years of Passage," Brigham Young University Studies 24 (Spring 1984).