Cluff, Benjamin, Jr., 1858-1948

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President of Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University, 1892-1903.

From the description of Papers, 1900-1902. 1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 365099831

Kenney is a Mormon author and historian.

From the guide to the Scott G. Kenney research materials, 1820-1984, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Brigham Young Academy Principal 1892-1903.

From the description of Term record of the Brigham Young Academy commencing Jan. 28, 1884. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367311959

Scholar, educational administrator, explorer, second Principal of Brigham Young Academy and first president of Brigham Young University.

From the description of Theological Notes, 1882-1885. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122461262

Benjamin Cluff Jr. was a scholar, educational administrator, explorer, businessman, plantation owner, and president of Brigham Young Academy from 1892 to 1903. He served as a Mormon missionary in Hawaii, 1878-1882, and led an expedition of BYA students and faculty to Central America in 1900. He lived in Mexico as manager of a plantation for several years and then moved to California.

From the description of Photographs and correspondence, 1911-1943. (Brigham Young University). WorldCat record id: 51604887

Benjamin Cluff served as principle of Brigham Young Academy from 1892 to 1903. It was under Cluff's direction in 1903 that Brigham Young Academy became Brigham Young University.

From the description of Brigham Young University President's Records, 1892-1903. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83411948

Benjamin Cluff Jr. was president of Brigham Young Academy, 1892-1903. He resigned as president on 17 November 1903, shortly after the institution was renamed to Brigham Young University. His resignation took effect on 23 December 1903.

From the description of Letter, Provo, Utah to O. H. Berg, Provo, 1903. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84384410

Benjamin Cluff Jr. was a scholar, educational administrator, explorer, businessman, plantation owner, and president of Brigham Young Academy from 1892 to 1903. He served as a Mormon missionary in Hawaii, 1878-1882, and led an expedition of BYA students and faculty to Central America in 1900.

From the description of Diaries, 1881-1909. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122604888

Mormon scholar, educational administrator, explorer, businessman, and president of Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah from 1892 to 1903.

From the description of Letters, 1905-1906. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122652899

Benjamin Cluff Jr. (1858-1948) was an educator and businessman in Utah and California. He was principal of Brigham Young Academy and president of Brigham Young University from 1892 to 1903.

Benjamin Cluff Jr. was born in Provo, Utah on February 7, 1958 to Benjamin Cluff and Mary Ellen Foster. In 1877, Cluff enrolled in Brigham Young Academy and began working as a janitor to pay for his tuition. However, soon after he received a call to serve a mission to the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands. Returning to Utah in 1882, Cluff was offered a teaching job as an instructor of mathematics at Brigham Young Academy by Karl G. Maeser. In 1886, he attended the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor of Science in 1890. Upon his return to Utah, he became the assistant principal of the B.Y. Academy.

Cluff was married to Mary Jane John in 1883, and later entered into marriage with Harriet Cullimore in 1886 and Florence Mary Reynolds in 1898. He had twenty-one children with his three wives.

Under Cluff's direction, plans for a new building were begun and students selected white and blue as the school colors. Cluff returned to the University of Michigan for a master's degree in 1893, and became the principal of the academy when he returned to Utah. In 1895 Cluff's title was changed to President, and heads of departments were named principlas. He led an expedition of students to South America in 1900 for the purpose of archeological research. On October 3, 1903, the school became Brigham Young University. In December, Cluff resigned and took a position as superintendent of a rubber plantation in Mexico. The Cluffs returned to the United States in 1924 and opened a store in Southern California. Cluff died June 14, 1948, in Redondo Beach, California, at the age of ninety.

From the guide to the Benjamin Cluff diaries, 1881-1909, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

The Brigham Young University President (est. 1903) is the chief executive officer and general manager of the University.

Brigham Young University has had a president since Brigham Young Academy was changed to Brigham Young University in 1903. While the school was still called Brigham Young Academy the head officer was titled principal.

The Board of Trustees delegates to the University President the responsibility to conduct the operations of the institution and administer the policies enacted by the board. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church.

Past and present Brigham Young University presidents include George H. Brimhall (1903-1921), Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945), Howard S. McDonald (1945-1949), (acting president) Christian Jensen (1949-1951), Ernest L. Wilkinson (1951-1971), Dallin H. Oaks (1971-1980), Jeffrey R. Holland (1980-1989), Rex E. Lee (1989-1995), Merrill J. Bateman (1996-2003), and Cecil O. Samuelson (2003- ).

Benjamin Cluff, Jr. (1858-1948) was an educator and businessman in Utah and California. He was principal of Brigham Young Academy and president of Brigham Young University from 1892 to 1903.

Benjamin Cluff, Jr. was born in Provo, Utah on February 7, 1958 to Benjamin Cluff and Mary Ellen Foster. In 1877, Cluff enrolled in Brigham Young Academy and began working as a janitor to pay for his tuition. However, soon after he received a call to serve a mission to the Sandwich Islands. Returning to Utah in 1882, Cluff was offered a teaching job as an instructor of mathematics at Brigham Young Academy by Karl G. Maeser. In 1886, he attended the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor of Science in 1890. Upon his return to Utah, he became the assistant principal of the Brigham Young Academy.

Cluff was married to Mary Jane John in 1883, and later entered into marriage with Harriet Cullimore in 1886, and Florence Mary Reynolds in 1898. He had twenty-one children with his three wives.

Under Cluff's direction, plans for a new building were begun and students selected white and blue as the school colors. Cluff returned to the University of Michigan for a master's degree in 1893, and became the principal of the academy when he returned to Utah. In 1895 Cluff's title was changed to president, and heads of departments were named principals. He led an expedition of students to South America in 1900 for the purpose of archaeological research. On October 3, 1903, the school became Brigham Young University. In December, Cluff resigned and took a position as superintendent of a rubber plantation in Mexico. The Cluffs returned to the United States in 1924 and opened a store in Southern California. Cluff died June 14, 1948, in Redondo Beach, California.

The Peoples Canal Irrigation Company is responsible for the construction and maintenance of the Peoples Canal near Manila, Utah.

From the guide to the Office of the President correspondence, 1892-1903, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Benjamin Cluff Jr. (1858-1948) was an educator and businessman in Utah and California. He was principal of Brigham Young Academy and president of Brigham Young University from 1892 to 1903.

Benjamin Cluff Jr. was born in Provo, Utah on February 7, 1858 to Benjamin and Mary Ellen Cluff. After becoming a librarian in Coalville at the age of seventeen, Benjamin sought greater opportunity for learning in Provo at the Brigham Young Academy. Because he excelled at his studies, Cluff was soon employed as a Primary teacher at the Academy; he then continued his studies at the University of Michigan after a mission to the Pacific Islands. He received a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of Michigan, then returned to the Academy as an assistant principal and teacher of mathematics. After replacing Karl G. Maeser as principal in 1892, Cluff led an expedition to South America in 1901 and then returned to guide the school's development into a University. Benjamin Cluff retired from BYU in December 1903 and died in 1948 as a California businessman.

From the guide to the Benjamin Cluff diary, 1901, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Benjamin Cluff, Jr. (1858-1948) succeeded Karl G. Maeser as the principal of Brigham Young Academy.

Benjamin Cluff, Jr. was born on 7 February 1858 in Provo, Utah to Benjamin Cluff and Mary Ellen Foster. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and served on a mission to Hawaii. In 1892, he succeeded Karl G. Maeser as the principal of Brigham Young Academy. In 1896, he was instrumental in partnering with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in sponsoring Brigham Young Academy. Under his reign, Brigham Young Academy became Brigham Young University. Cluff made many changes during his tenure at Brigham Young University, which included changing the class time from half an hour to an hour, adopting blue and white as the school colors, helping to encourage to first school newspaper, starting summer school, awarding the first student loans, creating the Alumni Association, and entering the univeristy into an intercollegiate sports system. Cluff retired in 1903. He died in Redondo, California on 14 June 1948.

From the guide to the Benjamin Cluff, Jr. letter, 1902, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

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Mexico--Tabasco
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Mormon missionaries--Hawaii--Diaries
Mormons--Diaries
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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Mormons--Travel
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Mormons--Travel--Central America
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