Warren Newton Dusenberry

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Warren Newton Dusenberry
Warren Newton Dusenberry.jpg
Principal of
Brigham Young Academy

 (later becoming Brigham Young University
In office
August 1876 – January 1892
Succeeded by Benjamin Cluff
Personal details
Born (1836-11-01)November 1, 1836
White Haven, Pennsylvania
Died March 31, 1915(1915-03-31) (aged 78)

Warren Newton Dusenberry (November 1, 1836 – March 31, 1915) was the founding principal of Brigham Young Academy in 1876.[1] Dusenberry was only a temporary principal.[2] He also served as County Judge of Utah County and mayor of Provo.

Prior to serving as principal of Brigham Young Academy, Dusenberry had been the president of the short-lived Timpanogos Branch of the University of Deseret.

Dusenberry was born in White Haven, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. In 1840 he moved with his parents to Pike County, Illinois. Shortly after this his mother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but his father did not. Due to this, when the majority of the Latter Day Saints moved to Utah the Dusenberry family remained in Illinois. In 1860, they moved to Los Angeles, California, and in 1862 Dusenberry moved with his mother, brother Wilson Dusenberry, and two sisters to Provo, Utah Territory, leaving his father and one brother behind in California.

Dusenberry worked as a school teacher and merchant in Provo. He also was baptized a member of the LDS Church. In 1867, he went on a mission to the Southern States. From 1870 to 1875 he was head of the University of Deseret's Timpanogos Branch.

After being principal of Brigham Young Academy, Dusenberry became the Utah County Prosecutor and the Provo City Attorney.

In 1892 Dusenberry was elected mayor of Provo, defeating Reed Smoot.


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Brigham Young High School History: 1869 to 1903 - The Founding Years". Brigham Young High School. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 

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Academic offices
New institution Principal of Brigham Young Academy
 (later becoming Brigham Young University

January 1876 to April 1876
Succeeded by
Karl G. Maeser