George H. Brimhall
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|George H. Brimhall|
|President of Brigham Young University|
|Term||April 1904 – July 1921|
|Successor||Franklin S. Harris|
December 9, 1852|
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Died||July 29, 1932
George Henry Brimhall (December 9, 1852 – July 29, 1932) was President of Brigham Young University. After graduating from Brigham Young Academy, Brimhall served as principal of Spanish Fork schools and then as district superintendent of Utah County schools, finally returning to Brigham Young Academy. In April of 1904, Brimhall became president of the school, which had become Brigham Young University in October of 1903.
Brimhall was born to George W. Brimhall and his wife the former Rachel Ann Meyer in Salt Lake City. When Brimhall was about one year old the family moved to Ogden and they later moved to Spanish Fork.
As a boy, Brimhall was taught to love learning by his mother, his first teacher. He studied under Wilson Dusenberry at the Provo Timpanogos Academy,[which?] where, as valedictorian, "for the first time I was applauded although my pants were patched." "My ruling passion has been to move men's minds", said Brimhall, and his administration was marked by an emphasis on teacher training.
In 1911, Brimhall dismissed three faculty members who advocated belief in evolution and higher criticism. Brimhall had hired all three and was sympathetic to their views, but felt that their open opposition to the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—which owns BYU—was not reconcilable with the mission of the school.
Suffering from chest and abdominal pain, Brimhall resigned the presidency of BYU in July of 1921, although he remained head of the Department of Theology and Religion. Brimhall committed suicide on July 29, 1932.:13
- Bergera, Gary James; Priddis, Ronald (1985). "Chapter 1: Growth & Development". Brigham Young University: A House of Faith. Salt Lake City: Signature Books. ISBN 0-941214-34-6. OCLC 12963965.
- Ernest L. Wilkinson, ed., Brigham Young University: The First 100 Years. (Provo: BYU Press, 1975) Vol. 1, p. 331-332.
- Brimhall's death certificate notes he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Division of Archives and Records, Department of Administrative Services, State of Utah. http://images.archives.utah.gov/data/81448/2259930/2259930_0000804.jpg
- Woodger, Mary Jane and Joseph H. Groberg, "George H. Brimhall's Legacy of Service to Brigham Young University", BYU Studies 43 no. 2 (2004), 5-46.
- Media related to George H. Brimhall at Wikimedia Commons
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