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Wilkinson, Ernest L., 1899-1978

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1899-1978

Biographical History

Ernest L. Wilkinson (1899-1978) was a prominent Mormon lawyer and academic administrator. He served as president of Brigham Young University from 1951-1971.

Ernest Leroy Wilkinson was born in Ogden, Utah, on May 4, 1899. He grew up in the outskirts of the city, one of seven children. Ernest enrolled in Weber Academy, and he was characterized by his hardworking nature. He served in the Student Army Training Corps in 1918. He then attended Brigham Young University, where he was very active in student activities and politics. He married Alice Valera Ludlow on August 15, 1923. He attended George Washington University and graduated summa cum laude in 1926. In 1935, he served as a lawyer for the Ute Indian tribes as they successfully gained compensation for land.

Upon being named president of BYU in 1951, Wilkinson proceeded to aggressively expand the university. Under his presidency, BYU grew to the largest private university in the United States. The intellectual standards of BYU also increased dramatically. Even as he contributed to drastic growth in the university, he never accepted a salary. He was replaced by Dallin H. Oaks in 1971. Wilkinson passed away April 6, 1978.

Citation

His Earnestly yours, 1971

Deem, W.J. Ernest L. Wilkinson, Indian advocate ... 1982: p. 665 (d. 4/6/78)

Wikipedia, Mar. 2, 2011 (Ernest L. Wilkinson; Ernest Leroy Wilkinson; b. May 4, 1899 in Ogden, Utah; American academic administrator; Commission of Church Education for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1953-1970; president of Brigham Young University, 1951-1971; attorney in Washington, D.C. and N.Y.)

Ancestry.com, Mar. 2, 2011 (Ernest L. Wilkinson; Ernest Wilkinson; Ernest Leroy Wilkinson; d. in Salt Lake City, Utah)

Brigham Young University: The First One Hundred Years, 1975: p. 506 (born in Ogden, Utah; one of seven children; grew up on outskirts) p. 508 (enrolled in Weber Academy; hardworking) p. 510 (Student Army Training Corps, 1918; attended Brigham Young University) p. 511 (active in BYU activities) p. 515 (married Alice Ludlow; August 15, 1923) p. 517 (graduated from George Washington University; summa cum laude; 1926) p. 520 (attorney for the Ute Tribe) p. 506 (never accepted a salary)

FamilySearch, May 29, 2014 (Ernest Leroy Wilkinson, "BillionGraves Index"; b. May 4, 1899; d. April 6, 1978)

Office of the President, May 29, 2014 (Ernest L. Wilkinson; served as president from 1951-1971; expanded BYU to nation's largest private university; increased intellectual standards)

Found in 717 Collections and/or Records:

Addresses in honor of Harvey Fletcher

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 129
Scope and Contents Contains eight typewritten, edited and final drafts of speeches about Fletcher written and given by William L. Woolf and George H. Hansen, a memorandum concerning a speech from Ernest L. Wilkinson to George H. Hansen, a record of Fletcher's professional experience, and biographical information submitted to Who's Who in America.

Alumni Association administrative correspondence, 1962 June-December

 Sub-Series — Box: 18
Identifier: UA 541 Series 12 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence related to the administration of the Alumni Association, prepared by Raymond E. Beckham, Ronald G. Hyde, Bruce Gibb, Emily G. Weeks, T. Earl Padoe, DaCosta Clark, George H. Higgs, Carolann Lambert, Scott Bergeson, Ernest L. Wilkinson, and Karlene McBride. Materials date from between June 1962 and December 1962.

Alumni Association administrative correspondence, 1951-1975

 Series — Box: 19, Folder: 13-15
Identifier: UA 541 Series 14
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence produced by Raymond E. Beckham, with letters to and from Ernest Wilkinson, William L. Knecht, and others.

Joseph T. Bentley correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 878
Scope and Contents Includes files concerning university budget, LDS Church School System, campus colleges and departments, faculty, staff, fund-raising, administrative meetings, students, Treasurer's Office, New World Archaeological Foundation, and athletics. Also includes files relative to Church schools in Mexico and in the Pacific, and some of Bentley's personal files. Includes significant amounts of correspondence with Ernest L. Wilkinson (president of BYU) and others.

Brigham Young University inaugural speeches and responses

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA SC 19
Scope and Contents Contains only inaugural speeches and responses by presidents Harris, McDonald, Wilkinson, Oaks, Holland, and Lee.

Centennial Committee centennial guidebook, 1974-1975

 Series — Box: 27, Folder: 1-9
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 11
Scope and Contents Contains materials from the production of the Centennial guidebook, as well as two copies of the guide in its final form. Dated 1974-1975.

Centennial Committee chronological records, 1973-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence and memorandums on a variety of subjects organized by date. Dates from 1973-1976.

Centennial Committee clippings, 1974-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains copies of newspaper articles related to centennial events and programming. Dated 1974-1976.

Centennial Committee collection on Brigham!, 1976

 Series — Box: 27, Folder: 10-19
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 12
Scope and Contents Consists of additional documentation from the production of the musical "Brigham!" Dated 1976.

Centennial Committee collection on Right Honorable Saint, 1975

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 9
Scope and Contents Consists of copies of the score and instrumentation for "Right Honorable Saint," a musical about the life of Karl Maeser produced as part of the centennial celebration. Dated 1975.