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Brimhall, George H. (George Henry), 1853-1932

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1853 - 1932

Biographical History

George H. Brimhall (1852-1932) was a student, teacher, principal, department head, acting president, president, president emeritus, and head of the alumni association at Brigham Young University.

George Henry Brimhall was born in Salt Lake City on December 9, 1852, to George Washington Brimhall and Rachel Ann Mayer. At age eighteen, he attended high school at the Timpanogos Branch of the University of Deseret in nearby Provo taught by Warren and Wilson Dusenberry. He and some friends built a school they named the Young Men's Academy. There Brimhall met Alsina Elizabeth Wilkins, a student at the academy, whom he married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on December 28, 1874. Together, they had six children. In September 1885, Brimhall married a second wife, Flora Robertson, in the Logan Temple. Together, they had eight children.

He gained teacher's certificates and diplomas and was elected superintendent of Utah County Schools and Provo City Schools. In 1891, the BYA Board of Trustees chairman, Abraham O. Smoot, asked Brimhall, to join Brigham Young Academy's teaching staff and head the Normal (teacher training) Department. Brimhall received the degree of Bachelor of Pedagogy and became BYA Alumni Association's first president. He received all of his higher education at BYA or BYU.

In 1898, Brimhall became a member of the General Church Board of Education. From 1900-1902, while Benjamin Cluff Jr. was away, he became acting principal of BYA. In December 1903, he received a letter from Joseph F. Smith asking him to be the president of the newly renamed Brigham Young University. He was inaugurated as BYU's second president on April 16, 1904 with Joseph B. Keller and Edwin S. Hinckley as his counselors.

Brigham Young University underwent a great deal of change under Brimhall's tenure. Student enrollment expanded, the degree of bachelor of pedagogy was replaced by the Bachelor of Arts and a master's degree was offered. In addition, The Banyan, the university's first yearbook was published, the block Y on a mountain above campus had been painted, thirty-seven acres of the upper (present) campus had been acquired, the first honorary degree had been conferred, and two new buildings (the Maeser Memorial Building and the Mechanic Arts Building, now known as the Brimhall Building) had been erected on upper campus.

Brimhall was released as president of BYU in 1921. He remained on campus and continued with his work for Church seminaries and as a member of the General Board of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. Brimhall died on July 29, 1932 in Provo, Utah.

Citation:
"George H. Brimhall's Legacy of Service to Brigham Young University", Mary Jane Woodger and Joseph H. Groberg (George H. Brimhall; born 1852 in Salt Lake City on December 9, 1852, to George Washington Brimhall and Rachel Ann Mayer; attended high school at the Timpanogos Branch of the University of Deseret in nearby Provo taught by Warren and Wilson Dusenberry; built a school they named the Young Men’s Academy; met Alsina Elizabeth Wilkins; married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on December 28, 1874; had six children; In September 1885, Brimhall married a second wife, Flora Robertson, in the Logan Temple; had eight children; teacher’s certificates and diplomas; elected superintendent of Utah County Schools and Provo City Schools; In 1891, joined Brigham Young Academy’s teaching staff and headed the Normal (teacher training) Department; received the degree of Bachelor of Pedagogy and became BYA Alumni Association’s first president; received all of his higher education at BYA or BYU; In 1898, Brimhall became a member of the General Church Board of Education; From 1900-1902, while Benjamin Cluff Jr. was away, he became acting principal of BYA; inaugurated as BYU’s second president on April 16, 1904 with Joseph B. Keller and Edwin S. Hinckley as his counselors; Brigham Young University underwent a great deal of change under Brimhall’s tenure. Student enrollment expanded, the degree of bachelor of pedagogy was replaced by the Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree was offered. In addition, The Banyan, the university's first yearbook was published, the block Y on a mountain above campus had been painted, thirty-seven acres of the upper (present) campus had been acquired, the first honorary degree had been conferred, and two new buildings (the Maeser Memorial Building and the Mechanic Arts Building, now known as the Brimhall Building) had been erected on upper campus; Brimhall was released as president of BYU in 1921; He remained on campus and continued with his work for Church seminaries and as a member of the General Board of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association; died on July 29, 1932 in Provo, Utah)

Found in 92 Collections and/or Records:

George H. Brimhall correspondence, 1914-1915

 Series
Identifier: UA 1092 Series 14
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence by Brimhall related to university administration, personnel, and students. Materials date from between 1914 and 1915.

Dates: 1914-1915

George H. Brimhall correspondence, 1915-1916

 Series
Identifier: UA 1092 Series 15
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence by Brimhall related to university administration, personnel, and students. Materials date from between 1915 and 1916.

Dates: 1915-1916

George H. Brimhall correspondence, 1917-1918

 Series
Identifier: UA 1092 Series 16
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence by Brimhall related to university administration, personnel, and students. Materials date from between 1916 and 1919.

Dates: Record Keeping: 1917-1918

George H. Brimhall correspondence, 1919

 Series
Identifier: UA 1092 Series 17
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence by Brimhall related to university administration, personnel, and students. Materials date from 1919.

Dates: 1919

George H. Brimhall correspondence, 1919-1920

 Series
Identifier: UA 1092 Series 18
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence by Brimhall related to university administration, personnel, and students. Materials date from between 1918 and 1920.

Dates: Record Keeping: 1919-1920

George H. Brimhall correspondence, 1920-1921

 Series
Identifier: UA 1092 Series 19
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence by Brimhall related to university administration, personnel, and students. Materials date from between 1920 and 1921.

Dates: Record Keeping: 1920-1921

George H. Brimhall correspondence, 1904-1905

 Series
Identifier: UA 1092 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence by Brimhall with applicants, community members, and other educators. Materials deal with university administration, students, and education in Utah. Dated 1904 to 1905.

Dates: 1904-1905

George H. Brimhall correspondence, 1913-1914

 Series
Identifier: UA 1092 Series 13
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence by Brimhall related to university administration, personnel, and students. Also includes information on the construction of the Women's Gymnasium, and requests for teachers. Materials date from between 1910 and 1932.

Dates: Record Keeping: 1913-1914

George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1075
Scope and Contents

Contains the winning student essays and related information from the George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest. Dated 2003 to 2020.

Dates: 2003-2020

George H. Brimhall papers on seminary, 1863-1931

 Series
Identifier: UA 1092 Series 21
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, applications, and examinations from Brimhall related to the seminary program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials date from between 1863 and 1931.

Dates: 1863-1931