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Dusenberry, Warren N. (Warren Newton), 1836-1915



  • Existence: 1836 - 1915

Biographical History

Warren Newton Dusenberry (1836-1915) was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; an administrator for various schools in Provo, Utah including the University of Deseret's Timpanogos branch and Brigham Young Academy; and is the former Mayor of Provo, UT.

Warren Newton Dusenberry was born in White Haven Pennsylvania on November 1, 1836. Around the age of 4, he soon moved to Pike County, Illinois near Nauvoo. There in 1846, his mother joined the Church of Jesus Christ. However, due to his father's decision to not join the Church, when most of the pioneers fled to Utah during the 1840s and 1850s, the family remained in Illinois until 1860 where, after a brief visit to his uncle's home in Provo, the family settled in Los Angeles and Sacramento, California.

After attending the Methodist-run Vacaville College until 1862, Warren moved to Provo where he began his quest to establish a school in the Provo, Utah region. However, due to issues including high student demand and lack of funding, his various attempts to establish a school in Provo failed - leaving him to focus on his backup careers of owning a general store and working as a county tax asessor. It was also during his attempts of establishing a school in Provo that, in 1867, he decided to serve a mission for the Church - serving first as a proselyting missionary in the South and then as an employee for the Church's Boston immigration office to help immigrants relocate to Utah. Once returning to Utah, he tried once more to establish a school in Provo (leading to the creation of a High School in Center Street) and soon was asked to work for the Timpanogos Branch of the University of Deseret. Once the University lost its funding in 1875, the site of the school soom became the site of Brigham Young Academy, where he worked for for a few months before attending law school.

Later in his life, he eventually became Mayor of Provo, defeating Reed Smoot in the process. He passed away in Utah on March 31, 1915.

Wikipedia, July 27, 2017 (b. Nov. 1, 1836 in White Haven, PA; moved to Pike County, IL near Nauvoo in 1840; in 1846, his mother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but not his father; the family eventually migrated westward in 1860, briefly visiting his uncle in Provo before settling in Sacramento, CA; studied at the Methodist-run Vacaville College until 1862; attempted to set up school various times in the 1860s, but had to close them down at times while making extra money as a general store owner and tax assessor; served a mission in 1867 in the southern states as a proselyter and later in Boston at the Boston Immigration Office; worked for the Timpanogos Branch of the University of Deseret; the site for the branch later became Brigham Young Academy, which he administered for a few months before attending law school; later served as a Mayor of Provo, defeating Reed Smoot in the process; passed away on March 31, 1915)

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Brigham Young University presidential portraits

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5333
Scope and Contents

Contains portraits of the presidents of the university from Warren N. Dusenberry to Merrill J. Bateman, excluding Rex E. Lee's portrait. Materials date from between 1875 and 2003.

Dates: 1875-2003

Collection of sketches of Brigham Young University presidents

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197225551495]
Identifier: UA 1270
Scope and Contents

Series of panorama-style sketches of the presidents of Brigham Young University from Warren N. Dusenberry through Jeffrey R. Holland.

Dates: 1980

Warren N. Dusenberry diary

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230334341]
Identifier: MSS 1060
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten diary dept from January 1 to December 31, 1868 while Dusenberry was serving on a mission for the Mormon Church in the Southern States.

Dates: 1868

Warren Newton Dusenberry

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230324458]
Identifier: MSS SC 2524
Scope and Contents

Typewritten biography of Warren Newton Dusenberry (1836-1915) with handwritten corrections. Dusenberry was a prominent Utah pioneer, educator, judge, and public servant.

Dates: 1971

Honorary memberships for Brigham Young University presidents

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231234490]
Identifier: UA 1185
Scope and Contents

Certificates of honorary membership in the Sons of Utah Pioneers for all Brigham Young University presidents from Warren Dusenberry through Cecil O. Samuelson.

Dates: 2005

Samuel Stephen Jones papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1435
Scope and Contents

Collection contains diaries and autobiography, biographies, family history, correspondence, legal documents and newspaper clippings related to his personal life, pioneer memories, missionary experiences, political activities as mayor and member of the Democratic party, LDS Church activities, and leadership in business and civic activities in Utah. Also includes copies of his poetical writings.

Dates: 1902-1918

Photographs of university trustees

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 830
Scope and Contents

Contains thirty-nine black-and-white photographs of presidents of the Board of Trustees of Brigham Young Academy and University; also views of chairmen of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of BYU. Also includes view of Karl G. Maeser's wife, Anna.

Dates: 1875-1975

Student Loan Association of Utah records

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197231020477]
Identifier: UA 458
Scope and Contents

Contains minutes of directors meeting, articles of agreement, licenses, correspondence, financial records, and applications for loans, 1891-1932. Also includes a handwritten letter from George Q. Cannon requesting balance information for Lilian H. Cannon (see folder 3).

Dates: 1891-1932

Walton family biography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230240852]
Identifier: MSS SC 424
Scope and Contents

Typescript of family stories and pioneer experiences. Describes the growth of Alpine, Utah and its educational system in 1860-1870 and in Provo, Utah in 1870-1877. Also includes a memorial to Emma Jacques Walton.

Dates: 1931