Houses of Ezra Taft Benson
These pictures are of some of the homes and dwellings that Ezra Taft Benson had lived in after his calling as an Apostle and then as Prophet. Ezra Benson earned a Master's Degree in Agriculture from Iowa State University. After college he operated his father's family farm in Whitney, Idaho. His agricultural career also included serving as the Franklin County Agriculture Extension Agent and teaching farming around the State of Idaho for the University of Idaho Extension Service. For a few years he lived in Washington DC where he was Executive Secretary of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. For eight years he served in the cabinet of U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, while simultaneously serving as an Apostle. He was ordained an Apostle on October 7, 1943, and was became Church President on November 10, 1985.
Ezra Taft Benson and his family moved in to the Salt Lake home after he completed his term as Secretary of Agriculture under US President Eisenhower.
During his presidency, Ezra Taft Benson lived in a suite in this apartment building which is owned by the LDS Church.
President Benson's presidency is noted for its emphasis on reading the Book of Mormon, organizing the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy, dedicating the BYU Jerusalem Center for NearEastern studies, and overseeing the expansion of the church into Eastern Europe before and after the Soviet Union's collapse.