Adam S. Bennion

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Adam S. Bennion
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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 9, 1953 (1953-04-09) – February 11, 1958 (1958-02-11)
Called by David O. McKay
LDS Church Apostle
April 9, 1953 (1953-04-09) – February 11, 1958 (1958-02-11)
Called by David O. McKay
Reason Death of John A. Widtsoe
at end of term
Hugh B. Brown ordained
Personal details
Born Adam Samuel Bennion
(1886-12-02)December 2, 1886
Taylorsville, Utah Territory, United States
Died February 11, 1958(1958-02-11) (aged 71)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37″N 111°51′29″W / 40.777°N 111.858°W / 40.777; -111.858 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)
Spouse Minerva R. Young
Parents Joseph B. Bennion
Mary A. Sharp

Adam Samuel Bennion (December 2, 1886 – February 11, 1958) was a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born in Taylorsville, Utah Territory, Bennion received degrees from the University of Utah, Columbia University and the University of California. He also studied at the University of Chicago. He became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 9, 1953, filling a vacancy caused by the death of John A. Widtsoe.

Bennion died in 1958 at Salt Lake City, Utah. He served less than five years in the quorum. Upon his death, Hugh B. Brown was called to the quorum.


Adam S. Bennion was the son of Joseph B. Bennion and his wife, the former Mary Ann Sharp. Joseph died when the younger Bennion was about two years old. After completing his early education in Taylorsville, Bennion went to study at the University of Utah. After this he was a teacher at LDS High School in Salt Lake City.

In 1911 Bennion married Minerva Richards Young, a daughter of Richard W. Young. After their marriage, Bennion and his bride headed to New York City where he completed a masters degree at Columbia University.

Bennion then returned to Salt Lake City and became an English teacher at Granite High School. In 1913 he became the principal of Grantite High School. In the summer of 1914 Bennion took a course in Sunday School administration at the University of Chicago. The following year he was appointed a member of the General Board of the Deseret Sunday School Union. About the same time he joined the faculty of the University of Utah in the department of English.

In 1919 Bennion was made Superintendent of LDS Church Schools. From 1921 to 1923 he studied at the University of California (at Berkeley), completing a doctorate. He then returned to the LDS Church schools where he worked until 1927 when he began work for Utah Power and Light Company. During the 1920s he oversaw the expansion of the LDS seminary program and trained seminary teachers at Brigham Young University's Alpine Summer School.[1]

In 1944 Bennion resigned his employment with Utah Power and Light and ran as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate. He lost the election to Democrat Elbert D. Thomas. He then returned to Utah Power and Light but in 1947 became the director of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.

Bennion died in Salt Lake City and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Grave marker of Adam S. Bennion.

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Published works[edit]

  • Bennion, Adam S (1958). The Candle of the Lord. Deseret Book Company. 
  • Looking in on Greatness: Written for L.D.S. Junior Seminaries. Department of Education, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1935. 
  • Principles of Teaching. Salt Lake City, Utah: The General Boards of the Auxiliary Organizations of the Church. 1921. p. 173. 
  • What It Means to Be a Mormon: Written for the Deseret Sunday School. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Sunday School Union. 1917. p. 176. 

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
LeGrand Richards
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 9, 1953–February 11, 1958
Succeeded by
Richard L. Evans