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Shurtleff, Miller F. (Miller Francis), 1913-1994



  • Existence: 1913 - 1994


Miller F. Shurtleff (1913-1994) was the executive assistant to Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson and a Latter-day Saint mission president in Southeast Asia.

Miller Francis Shurtleff was born on November 20, 1913, in Salt Lake City. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1936 and married Alice E. Hawkins in 1941. He then joined the United States Navy and was sent to the South Pacific in World War II. After the war, he worked for the Department of Agriculture and became the executive assistant to Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson, who later became president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Miller Shurtleff, also a member of the Latter-day Saint church, completed a mission to the Southern States Mission, served as a bishop and stake president in Virginia, and in 1972, was called as president of the Southeast Asia Mission. Shurtleff died November 17, 1994.

Miller F. Shurtleff papers, Eisenhower Library, 1938-1977: (b. 1913; d. 1994; Dept. of Agriculture, 1938-1961; National Science Foundation, 1962-1969; Economics Research Service, 1976-1977)

Deseret News, November 21, 1994: Miller F. Shurtleff, onetime aide to Secretary Benson, dies at 80, November 17, 1994 (b. Salt Lake City, moved to Washington, D.C. 1936, married Alice E. Hawkins 1941, Served in WWII, worked for Department of Agriculture, executive assistant to Ezra Taft Benson, Southern States Mission, bishop, stake president, Southeast Asia Mission 1972)

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Miller F. Shurtleff papers

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239115212]
Identifier: MSS SC 2863
Scope and Contents Photocopies of typewritten and signed correspondence, newspaper articles and their translations, court records, and a travel itinerary, all collected by Miller F. Shurtleff while serving as a mission president in the Southeast Asia Mission. The materials deal with the arrest of two missionaries serving in Thailand for desecrating a Buddha statue by sitting on its head. The missionaries, Joseph K. Wall and Kimball Larson, spent six months in jail for the crime. Materials date from between...
Dates: 1972-1973