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Jensen, J. Marinus (Jens Marinus), 1868-1946

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1868-1946

Biographical History

J. Marinus Jensen (1868-1946) was a professor of English and journalism in Utah.

James Marinus Jensen, at times identified as Jens Marinus Jensen, was born on July 11, 1868 in Provo, Utah to Danish emigrants Peter C. Jensen and Ane Catherine Olson. He was raised in Provo, and grew to be active in the city's religious, civic, and political life. As a young man he participated in the Provo Dramatic Club, traveling widely with the troupe. On September 22, 1892 he married Eliza Emeline Strong (1867-1934) in the Manti Temple. They had no children of their own, but helped raise Essie R. Keeler as foster parents.

Jensen worked as a teacher in Provo throughout his career. He attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young Academy, graduating from the latter in 1903 with a bachelor's of pedagogy. He served as a the first principal of Maeser Elementary School, and also served at Franklin Elementary. He continued his education at the University of Chicago, earning a master's degree in 1919. He then began working in the English Department at Brigham Young University, where he helped found the school's journalism program. In addition to his work at the university, Jensen was also a reporter for the Provo Inquirer.

During his time at Brigham Young University, Jensen served in many committee assignments. Among these was an assignment to chair the History Committee, where he prepared histories of Provo and of the university. He also served in the community on the city council, the public library board, and as the bishop of the Manavu Ward.

Jensen died in Provo, Utah on March 16, 1946.

Citation

History of Provo, Utah, 1924: t.p. (J. Marinus Jensen)

OCLC, Sept. 17, 2004 (hdg.: Jensen, J. Marinus; Jensen, Jens Marinus, 1868-; usage: J. Marinus Jensen; Jens Marinus Jensen)

Resources for LDS Organists, via WWW, July 1, 2010: (J. Marinus Jensen; 1868-1945)

Ancestry.com, via WWW, Apr. 28, 2014 (Jens Marinus Jensen, James Marinus Jensen; J. M. Jensen; b. lived in Provo, Utah)

UPB files, Apr. 28, 2014 (J. Marinus Jensen, J. M. Jensen, James Marinus Jensen; active in religious, civic, and political life in Provo, Utah; married in Manti Temple; traveled with the Provo Dramatic Club as a youth; worked as a reporter for the Provo Inquirer and head of journalism department at Brigham Young University; served on city council for eight years; first principal of Maeser Elementary, also worked at Franklin Elementary; B.Pd., Brigham Young Academy, 1903; A.M., University of Chicago, 1919; began teaching English at BYU, 1919; member of the public library board, eight years; professor of English; chair of the History Committee, author of History of Provo; bishop in Manavu Ward; raised Essie R. Keeler as foster child)

Utah State Archives website, via WWW, Apr. 28, 2014 (James Marinus Jensen; b. July 11, 1868 in Provo, Utah; parents: Peter C. and Anna C. Jensen; m. Emma Strong Jensen; teacher; d. Mar. 16, 1946)

Familysearch.org, via WWW, Apr. 28, 2014 (James Marinus Jensen; b. July 11, 1868; parents: Peter C. Jensen and Ane Catherine Olson; m. Sept. 22, 1892 to Eliza Emeline Strong, no children; d. Mar. 16, 1946)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

History of Brigham Young University, 1875-1942

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2554
Scope and Contents Typewritten history with handwritten corrections. The item documents the history of Brigham Young University from its founding in 1875 through 1942. The history is co-authored by N. I. Butt, Elsie C. Carroll, and Bertha Roberts.

J. Marinus Jensen collection on Brigham Young University

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 104
Overview This collection includes original manuscripts consisting of Brigham Young Academy student registers, addresses by Karl G. Maeser, life sketches, and histories of departments, clubs and organizations used in the preparation of History of Brigham Young University, compiled and written by J. Marinus Jensen et al. (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University. [1945]).

J. M. Jensen biography

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1474
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a typewritten funeral address about Lars Echert Eggertsen. Jensen talks of Eggertsen's upbringing, his education, his position in the Provo City schools, and his ecclesiastical standing in the Mormon Church.

Oral history interview with J. J. Keeler

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2122
Scope and Contents Includes memories of his grandfather, J. Marinus Jensen, who was a professor in the English Department at Brigham Young University, 1910-1945. Includes information on Jensen's personal and professional life.