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Ben E. and Alice M. Rich papers, circa 1903-1938

 File — Box: 5, Folder: 3
Identifier: MSS 7690

Scope and Contents

Contains various papers, newspaper clippings, photographs, and memorabilia. Included are certificates granting Ben E. Rich membership in the Masons and Knights Templar of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Rich family reunion information, and a collection of newspaper clippings regarding church news and Ben E. Rich.


  • circa 1903-1938


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Jacobson and Sandy Borbón Rich collection on the Ben E. and Alice M. Rich family must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Ben E. Rich (1855-1913) was a Mormon missionary, politician, and newspaperman. He is best known for his service as mission president in the Southern States Mission and the Eastern States Mission.

Ben E. Rich was born on November 7, 1855, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Mormon apostle Charles C. Rich and Sarah De Armon Pea Rich. He was one of fifty-two children; his polygamous father had six wives. He attended school in Salt Lake City, Utah, and moved to Ogden, Utah, at age twenty to work as the Weber County Recorder. Soon after, he served a three-year mission to England. Upon his return he headed a colonial migration to Idaho. He settled in Rexburg, Idaho, and purchased the Rexburg Press. He ran various newspapers and worked in that line of business for several years until he ran for an Idaho state senate seat and began his political career in earnest. After losing the campaign, he instead became a delegate representing Idaho in the Republican National Convention in 1896.

Rich was a polygamist, marrying five times between 1877 and 1899. His wives included Diana Farr (1877), Rosabell Osmond (1885), Andrea Christiana Jenson (1888), Laura Bowring (1898), and Alice Caroline McLachlan (1899).

Rich served in various capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1898 he was sent to the Southern States Mission as president, and served there for many years, until being transferred to the presidency of the Eastern States Mission. He passed away in New York City on September 13, 1913, while still serving in that capacity.

Biographical History

Alice M. Rich (1869-1942) was a Mormon woman in Utah.

Alice McLachlan Rich was born on February 26, 1869, to parents William McLachlan and Caroline Filer. Alice Caroline McLachlan sang in the Tabernacle Choir from 1891 to 1893, and on October 4, 1899 became a plural wife of Ben E. Rich. She served a mission for the Church in 1900. Ben passed away in 1913, leaving Alice with at least one son, Francis Rich. She died on March 24, 1942.


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Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States