Wallace F. Bennett photographs

Wallace F. Bennett photographs

Dates: 1955-1970

Contains photographs and negatives depicting events during Wallace F. Bennett's tenure as senator from Utah in the United States Ssenate. Materials dated 1955-1970.

  • Extent: 5 folders (0.05 linear ft). -- 1 media box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Call Number: MSS 8502
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Wallace F. Bennett photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8502; Wallace F. Bennett photographs; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8502, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These photographs and negatives were found in the Senate Historical office by the Photo Historian in 2008. They were subsequently donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collections at BYU in 2014 and incorporated in Senator Bennett's existing collection, as requested.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Senate Historical Office; 2014.
Subject Terms
Politics, Government, and Law; Political Campaigns; Political aspects; United States--Politics and government--20th century; Bennett, Wallace F. (Wallace Foster), 1898-1993
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Bennett (Wallace F.) photographs
Finding Aid Author
Clarissa McIntire
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-10 11:54:00 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Bigographical History

Wallace F. Bennett (1898-1993) was a businessman who later served as a U.S. Senator representing Utah.

Wallace Foster Bennett was born November 13, 1898, to John Foster and Rosa Elizabeth Wallace Bennett in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating from LDS High School in 1916, Bennett enrolled at the University of Utah, where he majored in English. He interrupted his studied to serve in the United States Army in 1918. Following his service in the army, Bennett returned to the University of Utah and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1919. After his graduation, Bennett served as the principal of San Luis Stake Academy in Manassa, Colorado for a year. In 1922, he married Frances Marion Grant, daughter of Heber J. Grant, one of the presidents of the LDS church. They had five children: Wallace, David, Robert, Rosemary, and Frances. In 1920, Bennett joined Bennett's Paint and Glass Company, which was established by his father. He eventually became president and general manager, and later chairman of the board, of the company. Bennett went on to become president of the Bennett Motor Company, the Cardon Jewelry Company, the National Glass Distributors Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers. He also served as vice-president of two companies and director of three additional companies, hosted a daily radio program, and authored the words for an LDS hymn ("God of Power, God of Right," #20 in the 1985 LDS Hymnal) and two books. In 1950, Bennett ran against an incumbent senator for a seat in the U.S. Senate. He won and was re-elected to three more terms, serving until 1974.

Bennett passed away on December 19, 1993, in Salt Lake City.

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