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Ezra Taft Benson

American government official and religious leader, Benson was also a Mormon leader.

Politics

Benson was noted for his right-wing stands, speaking out against the civil rights and women's movements.

Religion

Benson was also a Mormon leader. He was elected to the church's Council of the Twelve Apostles and became president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a position he held until his death. Church membership increased from about six million to almost nine million under his stewardship, expanding into West Africa, Eastern Europe, and Russia.

Denomination: Mormon

Connections

  • father: George T. Benson
  • mother: Sarah D. Benson
Ezra Benson
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Born August 4, 1899
Died May 30, 1994
(aged 94)
  • 1927
    Iowa State College
  • 1929 - 1938
    agricultural agent and an extension economist and marketing specialist, University of Idaho Extension Service
  • 1933 - 1938
    organizer and secretary, Idaho Cooperative Council
  • 1939 - 1944
    executive secretary, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
  • 1942 - 1952
    member of the board of trustees, American Institute of Cooperatives
  • 1943
    church's Council of the Twelve Apostles
  • 1953 - 1961
    secretary of agriculture, President Dwight D. Eisenhower's
  • 1985
    president, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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