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Swensen, John C. (John Canute), 1869-1953

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1869-1953

Biographical History

John C. Swensen (1869-1953) was a teacher at Brigham Young Academy and a professor of sociology, dean of the College of Education, and athletic director at Brigham Young University.

John Canute Swensen was born on February 4, 1869 in Pleasant Grove to Knud and Johanna Marie Hansen Swensen. His parents were born in Denmark and had immigrated to the United States. John C. was the fourth of five children. He was married to Margaret Davis on June 21, 1899; they had ten children. John C. had early experiences with farming. He served a six week mission to Park City. He then began his teaching career in Panguitch, Utah, in 1889. John C. later received the A.B. at Stanford University and later obtained an M.A. at Columbia University. He received instruction from the early sociologists of America. He was devoted in his teaching. He began teaching at Brigham Young Academy in 1898. He was dean of the college division of Brigham Young University from 1904-1910 and acting dean of BYU's College of Education from 1921-1925. He was the head of BYU's sociology department for 30 years. He died on August 30, 1953.

Citation

Autobiography of John Canute Swensen, 1956: t.p., etc. (John Canute Swensen, John C. Swensen; b. 1869; d. 1953; professor of Economics and Sociology at Brigham Young University)

RLIN, 6/5/95 (hdg.: Swensen, John Canute)

BYU Photographs Digital Library Collection, 2005 (Swenson, John C. (John Canute), 1869-1953)

UPB files, Aug. 19, 2014 (b. Feb. 4, 1869 in Pleasant Grove to Knud and Johanna Marie Hansen Swensen; parents were born in Denmark and had immigrated to the United States; was the fourth of five children; m. Margaret Davis on June 21, 1899; they had ten children; had early experiences with farming; served a six week mission to Park City; began his teaching career in Panguitch, Utah, in 1889; later received the A.B. at Stanford University and later obtained an M.A. at Columbia University; received instruction from the early sociologists of America)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Aug. 19, 2014 (began teaching at Brigham Young Academy in 1898; was dean of the college division of Brigham Young University from 1904-1910 and acting dean of BYU's College of Education from 1921-1925; was the head of BYU's sociology department for 30 years; d. Aug. 30, 1953)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

John C. Swensen letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2375
Scope and Contents Handwritten, typewritten, and signed letters dated 9 Aug. and 10 Oct. 1904 and addressed to Francis Kirkham, a Mormon author and businessman. Swenson writes about the progress and the condition of Brigham Young University.

John C. Swensen papers

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 6772
Abstract The John C. Swensen personal and professional papers include correspondence, histories and other ephemera that pertain to his professional, family, and church life. The collection dates from 1848-1953.