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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:

Joseph Smith : prophet to our generation

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230322072]
Identifier: MSS SC 2331
Scope and Contents

Typewritten copy of an address delivered at General Conference for the Mormon Church on 4 Oct. 1981. Benson talks about the role of the first president of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith (1805-1844), in founding the faith and in guiding his followers.

Dates: 1981

Francis W. Kirkham letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230310531]
Identifier: MSS SC 1311
Scope and Contents

Four typed and signed letters by Mormon Church leaders Ezra Taft Benson (1943), Bruce R. McConkie (1960), LeGrand Richards (1958), and J. Reuben Clark (1948), addressed to Francis W. Kirkham in Utah. Benson mentions visiting a number of "cooperatives,' McConkie expresses appreciation for a book received, Richards talks about the gathering of the Jews to Israel, and Clark speaks of his intention to write a book on the life of the Savior.

Dates: 1943-1960

Merlo J. Pusey papers on Ezra Taft Benson and Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952-1960

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1532 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains Pusey's research papers on Ezra Taft Benson and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The material centers around Eisenhower's presidential administration with some additional material on Benson's service as his Secretary of Agriculture. Also contains materials relating to Pusey's biography of Eisenhower, including a typed manuscript and correspondence with publishers and others. Dates from between 1952 and 1960.

Dates: 1952-1960

Oral history interview with Mark K. Allen

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 128
Scope and Contents

Interview by Karl Young with Mark K. Allen concerning his early life, family, grandfather, time as a student at Brigham Young University, education, and experiences at BYU as a professor and counselor. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Dates: 1984

Photographs of Ezra Taft Benson, date of production not identified

 File — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197231234383], Folder: 14
Identifier: UA 945 File 12

A. Walter Stevenson papers and photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1574
Scope and Contents This collection consists of a diary which Stevenson kept while on his mission in England during 1921-1923, 4 anti-Mormon posters acquired while on his mission, 4 scrapbooks, and miscellaneous items. The scrapbooks relate to Stevenson's travels and activities, especially with the Boy Scouts of America. Photographs are located in box 2 and mainly deal with Stevenson's involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. These photographs include pictures of LDS church leaders David O. Mackay, Harold B....
Dates: 1900-1974