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Benson, Ezra Taft



  • Existence: 1899 - 1994

Biographical History

Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994) was an American government official and ecclesiastical leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. Ezra Taft Benson, Secretary of Agriculture ... 1953

Gibbons, F.M. Ezra Taft Benson, 1996: CIP t.p. (Ezra Taft Benson) pub. info. (b. Aug. 4, 1899; d. May 30, 1994)

Info. converted from 678, 2012-10-02 (b. 1899)

Wikipedia, website viewed July 30, 2014 (Ezra Taft Benson; b. Aug 4, 1899, Whitney, Idaho; d. May 30, 1994, Salt Lake City, Utah; religious leader; President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, November 10, 1985-May 30, 1994; Quorom of the Twelve Apostles, October 7, 1948-November 10, 1985; United States Secretary of Agriculture, January 21, 1953-January 20, 1961; Began academic career at Utah State Agricultural College; farmer; LDS Mission in Britain from 1921-1923; BA, Brigham Young University, 1926; MA, Iowa State University; did preliminary work on a doctorate that was never completed at University of California at Berkeley; agricultural extension agent for Oneida County, Idaho; later moved to Boise, Idaho and was connected with the University of Idaho extension service; moved to Washington, D.C. to become Executive Secretary of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives)

Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:

Ezra T. Benson photographs

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233618179]
Identifier: MSS P 685
Scope and Contents

Ezra T. Benson photographs, circa 1940s-1970s collection contains 15 photographs of President Ezra Taft Benson.

Dates: approximately 1940-1979

Ezra Taft Benson address

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230328467]
Identifier: MSS SC 2877
Scope and Contents

A handwritten copy of a speech delivered while Benson was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Concerns government and individuals and specifically refers to post-World-War-II Russia. Includes two transcriptions of the speech, one handwritten and one typed; the latter was prepared by the Brigham Young University Department of Special collections and Manuscripts.

Dates: approximately 1950

Ezra Taft Benson letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230311018]
Identifier: MSS SC 1260
Scope and Contents

Typewritten and signed letter dated 31 July 1963 and addressed to Joseph Fielding Smith (1876-1972). The document concerns the book "The Politician," by Robert Welch and refers to a "Socialist-Communist" conspiracy against the United States.

Dates: 1963 July 31

Ezra Taft Benson letter to Margaret Pitzer

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227641708]
Identifier: MSS 4060
Scope and Contents Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson (writing from Washington D.C.) thanks Margaret Pitzer (Santa Cruz, California) for her recent letter. Margaret Pitzer has just visited Salt Lake City and has heard that Benson wants to run for a second term as Secretary of Agriculture. Benson corrects this rumor. He writes, "I am concerned only with being of service to the President and the American people during the present term," and that he is undecided about the next term. July 21, 1955. 1...
Dates: 1953 July 21

Brigham Young University photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3244
Scope and Contents

Collection documents people, places, and topics related to Brigham Young University between 1968 and 1994. Subjects include: theatre arts, mountain scenery, music, Festival of Life, parades, sports, football, ballet, running, basketball, Ezra Taft Benson, Dallin H. Oaks, Jeffrey R. Holland, Thomas S. Monson, Gordon B. Hinckley, Spencer W. Kimball, Henry B. Eyring, Boyd K. Packer, Neal A. Maxwell, Howard W. Hunter, Hugh Nibley, and N. Eldon Tanner.

Dates: approximately 1968-1994

Ezra Taft Benson biographical sketch, 1990

 File — Carton 19: Series 2; Series 4 [Barcode: 31197233630604], Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 2 Sub-Series 5

Ezra Taft Benson speeches, 1970-1987

 File — Carton 19: Series 2; Series 4 [Barcode: 31197233630604], Folder: 9
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 2 Sub-Series 5

Ezra Taft Benson's death, 1994-1995

 File — Carton 19: Series 2; Series 4 [Barcode: 31197233630604], Folder: 6
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 2 Sub-Series 5

First Presidency letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227642706]
Identifier: MSS 4005
Scope and Contents

Letter of First Presidency (signed by Ezra Taft Benson and Gordon B. Hinckley) to President Morris E. Peterson, Provo Utah East Stake, 29 May 1986. Reports the leaders of the Church agreeing to Peterson's recommendation to dissolve the Provo 40th Ward (singles) in accordance with the recent guidelines for singles wards.

Dates: 1986 May 29