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Widtsoe, John Andreas, 1872-1952

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1872-1952

Biographical History

John Andreas Widtsoe (1872-1952) served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and worked in agriculture and education during his life.

John Andreas Widtsoe was born January 31, 1872 on the island of Frøya in Norway. He was baptized in 1884 at the age of twelve. In 1888, he immigrated to Utah with his mother and brother. There he married Leah Dunford, a granddaughter of Brigham Young, on June 1, 1898 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had seven children together. John graduated from Harvard University in 1894 and with his Ph.D. from University of Goettingen, Germany, in 1899. He then taught in the agricultural colleges at Utah State University and Brigham Young University. He was president of the Utah Agricultural College from 1907 to 1916 and president of University of Utah in 1916. During World War I he was a member of the Utah State Council of Defense and chairman of the Food Production Committee of Salt Lake City and the Irrigation Committee of the Food Administration. He was called into the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1921 and served in that capacity until his death. As part of his work as an apostle, Widstoe wrote “Priesthood and Church Government,” a popular manual about the workings of the priesthood.

He died November 29, 1952, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citation

UPB files; August 7, 2014, (John Andreas Widtsoe was born January 31, 1872 in Norway; He and his widowed mother and brother emigrated to Utah Territory in 1888; married Leah Dunford, a granddaughter of Brigham Young, on June 1, 1898 in Salt Lake City, Utah; graduated from Harvard University in 1894 and with his Ph.D. from University of Goettingen, Germany, in 1899; taught in the agricultural college of Utah State University and in this same department at Brigham Young University; called into the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1921; died November 29, 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah).

GApages.com, via WWW, Jan. 22, 2015 (island of Frøya; baptized at age of 12; seven children; president of Utah Agricultural College from 1907 to 1916 and president of University of Utah in 1916; WWI; member of the Utah State Council of Defense and chairman of the Food Production Committee of Salt Lake City and the Irrigation Committee of the Food Administration; wrote “Priesthood and Church Government,” a popular manual about the workings of the priesthood.)

Found in 33 Collections and/or Records:

Business papers, 1913-1958

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1993 Series 2
Scope and Contents The business series contains correspondence and other papers from Richards' various legal cases, dating 1913-1958. It includes correspondence concerning Columbia University and with Ernest L. Wilkinson.
Dates: 1913-1958

John J. Buckmiller Ricks College fraternity certificate

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2193
Scope and Contents Handwritten and printed certificate. The item confirms that John J. Buckmiller was a member of the fraternity at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. The item is signed by John A. Widtsoe (1872-1952), Mormon author and educator.
Dates: 1952

Church papers, approximately 1917-1967

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1993 Series 1
Scope and Contents This series contains Richards' correspondence and other papers with prominent LDS Church leaders including Heber J. Grant, Joseph F. Smith, J. Reuben Clark, Jr., John A. Widtsoe, David O. MacKay, and Stephen L. Richards. This series spans from circa 1917 to 1967. It icludes two letters, 1938 and 1951, two Title Insurance and Trust Company documents, dated 1949, 1951, correspondence between Preston Richards and J. Reuben Clark, Jr., circa 1917-1949, and correspondence, mostly legal...
Dates: approximately 1917-1967

Harvey Fletcher correspondence relating to the naming of the Eyring Science Center

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 504
Scope and Contents Includes guest lists, invitiations, program, and correspondence concerning the naming of the Science Center, lecture halls, and laboratories.

Dates: 1954

John Christopher Cutler letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2696
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter dated 5 Sept. 1918 and addressed to John A. Widtsoe. Cutler writes concerning his nephew, Milton Cutler. Milton wanted to attend military training at the University of Utah and John requests information on how he may apply.
Dates: 1918 September 5

Albert W. Daw paper

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 166
Scope and Contents This collection contains typewritten chapter summaries of The Principles of irrigation practice by John A. Widtsoe. New York: MacMillan, 1914.
Dates: 1915

Don McCarroll Dalton correspondence, 1905-1963

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1059 Series 2
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Correspondence, diaries, articles, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and certificates. The correspondents include various leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dalton's mother, and other friends and associates. The diaries cover the time when Dalton served on a mission for the Church in the Central States from 1914 to 1916, when he was with the United States armed forces in France from 1918 to 1919, and when he served as a mission in South Africa from 1929 to 1935. Many...
Dates: 1905-1963

In search of truth : comments on the gospel and modern thought

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 296
Scope and Contents Typewritten and signed book draft. This item was a working copy used by the author. The manuscript was published by Deseret Book in 1930. Widtsoe attempts to reconcile scientific methodologies and various scientific findings with Mormon theology.
Dates: 1930

John A. Widtsoe letters to Orson F. Whitney, 1916-1930

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 19
Identifier: MSS 15 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Materials include correspondence sent to Orson F. Whitney from John A. Widtsoe, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Widtsoe compliments Whitney on his series of books about Utah history, his book "Saturday Evening Thoughts", and his tract collection "The Way, The Truth, The Light". He also informs him that his only son will be serving in the British Mission while Whitney is the mission president there. Dated 1916-1930.
Dates: 1916-1930

Joseph E. Arrington manuscripts of the Nauvoo Temple , approximately 1930-1950

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4194 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains materials relating to Joseph Arrington's study of the Nauvoo Temple. Arrington researched the architecture, possible reconstruction, and history of the Nauvoo Temple. He wrote and revised several manuscripts over a period of several years. His final work is titled "Temple-Building in Mormon Philosophy: The Spiritual Significance of the Nauvoo Temple for the Latter-day Saints" and was more than 2,500 pages long. Elder John Widtsoe of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles took interest in the...
Dates: approximately 1930-1950