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Ezra Taft Benson

Ezra Taft Benson

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  • Name Ezra Taft Benson 
    Born 4 Aug 1899  Whitney, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 1 Oct 1899  Whitney, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1900  Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Initiatory (LDS) 14 Jul 1921  LOGAN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 30 May 1994  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 4 Jun 1994  Whitney Cemetery, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I317  mytree
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2018 

    Father George Taft Benson, Jr,   b. 24 Jun 1875, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1934, Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Sarah Sophia Dunkley,   b. 29 Jun 1878, Franklin, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1933, Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 19 Oct 1898  Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F317  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Flora Smith Amussen,   b. 1 Jul 1901, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1992, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 10 Sep 1926  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Reed Amussen Benson,   b. 2 Jan 1928, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 2016, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +2. Mark Amussen Benson,   b. 2 May 1929, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 2012, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. Barbara Amussen Benson
     4. Beverly Amussen Benson
     5. Bonnie Amussen Benson
     6. Flora Beth Benson
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F320  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Aug 1899 - Whitney, Franklin, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 1 Oct 1899 - Whitney, Franklin, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 14 Jul 1921 - LOGAN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Sep 1926 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 May 1994 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 Jun 1994 - Whitney Cemetery, Franklin, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    LDS Prophet Ezra Taft Benson - 13th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    LDS Prophet Ezra Taft Benson - 13th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Benson, Ezra T b1899
    Benson, Ezra T b1899

    Headstones
    Benson, Ezra T b1899 - Amussen, Flora S b1901
    Benson, Ezra T b1899 - Amussen, Flora S b1901

    Histories
    Benson, Ezra Taft - Prophet History
    Benson, Ezra Taft - Prophet History

  • Notes 
    • 13th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      He was an American farmer and religious leader, serving as United States Secretary of Agriculture during both presidential terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower and as thirteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1985 until his death.

      Born on a farm in Whitney, Idaho, Benson was the oldest of eleven children. He was the great-grandson of Ezra T. Benson, who was appointed by Brigham Young a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1846. Benson began his academic career at Utah State Agricultural College (USAC), where he first met his future wife, Flora Smith Amussen. Benson alternated quarters at USAC and work on the family farm.

      Benson served an LDS Church mission in Britain from 1921 to 1923. It was while serving as a missionary, particularly an experience in Sheffield, that caused Benson to realize how central the Book of Mormon was to the Restored Gospel message and converting people to the LDS Church. On his mission, he served as president of the Newcastle Conference.

      After his mission, Benson studied at Brigham Young University and finished his bachelor's degree there in 1926. That year he married Flora Smith Amussen, shortly after her return from a mission in Hawaii. They became the parents of six children. Benson received his master's degree from Iowa State University. Several years later, he did preliminary work on a doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley, but never completed it.

      Just after receiving his master's degree, Benson returned to Whitney to run the family farm. He later became the county agriculture extension agent for Oneida County, Idaho. He later was promoted to the supervisor of all county agents and moved to Boise in 1930.

      While in Boise, Benson also worked in the central stake extension office connected with the University of Idaho Extension Service. He also founded a farmers cooperative. Benson was superintendent of the Boise Stake Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association and later a counselor in the stake presidency. In 1939, he became president of the Boise Idaho Stake. Later that year, he moved to Washington, D.C., to become Executive Secretary of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and became the first president of a new church stake in Washington.

      In August 1989, Benson received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President George H. W. Bush.

      Benson succeeded Kimball as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1973, and as church president in 1985. During his early years as church president, Benson brought a renewed emphasis to the distribution and reading of the Book of Mormon, reaffirming this LDS scripture's importance as "the keystone of [the LDS] religion." He is also remembered for a general conference sermon condemning pride.