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Wallace F. Bennett photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8502

Content Description

Contains photographs and negatives depicting events during Wallace F. Bennett's tenure as senator from Utah in the United States Ssenate. Materials dated 1955-1970.


  • 1955-1970

Conditions Governing Access

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 Wallace F. Bennett photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Bigographical History

Wallace F. Bennett (1898-1993) was a businessman who later served as a U.S. Senator representing Utah.

Wallace Foster Bennett was born November 13, 1898, to John Foster and Rosa Elizabeth Wallace Bennett in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating from LDS High School in 1916, Bennett enrolled at the University of Utah, where he majored in English. He interrupted his studied to serve in the United States Army in 1918. Following his service in the army, Bennett returned to the University of Utah and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1919. After his graduation, Bennett served as the principal of San Luis Stake Academy in Manassa, Colorado for a year. In 1922, he married Frances Marion Grant, daughter of Heber J. Grant, one of the presidents of the LDS church. They had five children: Wallace, David, Robert, Rosemary, and Frances. In 1920, Bennett joined Bennett's Paint and Glass Company, which was established by his father. He eventually became president and general manager, and later chairman of the board, of the company. Bennett went on to become president of the Bennett Motor Company, the Cardon Jewelry Company, the National Glass Distributors Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers. He also served as vice-president of two companies and director of three additional companies, hosted a daily radio program, and authored the words for an LDS hymn ("God of Power, God of Right," #20 in the 1985 LDS Hymnal) and two books. In 1950, Bennett ran against an incumbent senator for a seat in the U.S. Senate. He won and was re-elected to three more terms, serving until 1974.

Bennett passed away on December 19, 1993, in Salt Lake City.


5 folders (0.05 linear ft)

1 media box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

These photographs and negatives were found in the Senate Historical office by the Photo Historian in 2008. They were subsequently donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collections at BYU in 2014 and incorporated in Senator Bennett's existing collection, as requested.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Senate Historical Office; 2014.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of Wallace F. Bennett photographs
Clarissa McIntire
2015 January 13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States