Benson, Ezra Taft

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  • Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) was an apostle and then president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) and an agricultural leader in the United States, serving as secretary of agriculture in Dwight D. Eisenhower's cabinet for eight years. He was also known for his conservative political views, his support of the U.S. Constitution, and his opposition to Communism.

    Benson was born in Whitney, Idaho, near the Utah border, on August 4, 1899. He grew up on the family farm and attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah. After earning a master's degree from Iowa State University, he worked as a county extension agent in Franklin County, Idaho. He was a member of the Idaho State Extension Service and executive secretary of ...

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