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Benjamin Erastus Rich
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Birth: Nov. 7, 1855
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Sep. 13, 1913
New York, USA

Son of Charles Coulson Rich and Sarah DeArmon Pea

Married Diana Farr, 27 December 1877, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Benjamin Leroy Rich, Lorin Farr Rich, Frederick L. Rich, Homer Erastus Rich, Ida Rich, Don O'Neil Rich, Andrea Rich, Frank Cannon Rick

Married Rosabell Osmond, 12 September 1885, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Andrea Christina Jensen, 8 December 1888, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Laura Bowring, 13 April 1898

Married Alice Caroline McLachlan, 4 October 1899

OBITUARY: The Manti Messenger, Friday 19 September 1913:


Former President of Eastern States Mission of Mormon Church Dead.

New York After an illness of four weeks, Ben E. Rich, president of the eastern mission of the Mormon church, and one of the best known men in the west, died in this city at 8:10 o'clock Saturday evening. Four weeks ago Mr. Rich took to his bed with a complication of kidney and heart trouble.

Ben E. Rich was born in Salt Lake City fifty three years ago. His father was a Mormon pioneer and prominent in church circles. He was the father of an unusually large family, 368 direct descendants of Apostle Rich now living in Utah and Idaho. Ben E. Rich was one of fifty two children. He had been prominent in politics in Utah and Idaho but of late years had devoted his time to church work.

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia

Benjamin Erastus Rich was born Nov 7, 1855 in Salt Lake City Utah the son of Charles C. Rich and Sarah D. Pea. He was one of his father's fifty two children.

He married Diana Farr Dec 27, 1877 and entered business for himself in Ogden. In 1881-83 he filled a mission to Great Britain and returned in charge of nearly 700 emigrating Saints. He also began activity in the effort being made at the time for statehood for Utah During the next few years he mingled religion politics and business in his career becoming prominent in each.

In 1893 he removed to Rexburg, Idaho with his family. Here he purchased the Rexburg Press the name of which he changed to the Silver Hammer. He wrote a book, Mr. Durant of Salt Lake City, which gained great popularity, and later wrote numerous pamphlets and booklets which were distributed quite widely throughout the Church and the world. Later he removed the Silver Hammer office to St Anthony, Idaho. Both in Idaho and Utah he was active in local and national politics.

In June 1898 he was called to take charge of the Southern States Mission which position he filled until July 1908. During his tenure in the Southern States Mission, President Rich attended the October 1900 general conference At the same time he chaired a political event at which Theodore Roosevelt spoke. The two developed a personal relationship. The two spent hours talking through night as they road the train back to Salt Lake City. Rich made such an impression on Roosevelt, that Roosevelt recognized Rich on the street two years later when a speaking tour took him to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Roosevelt stopped the walking parade to personally greet President Rich. This public recognition greatly helped the standing of the Church in Tennessee.

He was [then] called to the presidency of the Eastern States Mission, a position which he filled until the time of his demise. For nearly twenty years he was continuously engaged in missionary work hardly sparing time from his labors to make more than business visits to Utah or elsewhere. He was considered one of the most workers in the Church and one of the most fearless expounders of the gospel of Christ In his career as a missionary he met and debated with many anti Mormons of prominence and always left a strong impression upon his hearers. He also underwent various forms of persecution peculiar to the South and always bore it with manliness and patience During the first fifteen years of his missionary life he enjoyed excellent health. During the last two years or his life he suffered considerably with sickness and finally passed to the great beyond Sept 13, 1913 in New York. 
Family links: 
  Charles Coulson Rich (1809 - 1883)
  Sarah DeArmon Pea Rich (1814 - 1893)
  Andrea Christiana Jensen Rich (1869 - 1890)
  Diana Farr Rich (1858 - 1933)
  Alice Caroline McLachlan Rich (1869 - 1942)
  Rosabell Osmond Starkey (1864 - 1949)
  Laura Bowring Rich (1858 - 1946)*
  Lorin Farr Rich (1880 - 1941)*
  Frederick L. Rich (1884 - 1943)*
  Ida Rich Strong (1888 - 1979)*
  Andrea Rich Watkins (1894 - 1971)*
  Francis Wilson Rich (1903 - 1981)*
  Sarah Jane Rich Miller (1839 - 1926)*
  Joseph C Rich (1841 - 1903)*
  Artemisia Rich (1843 - 1843)*
  Charles Coulson Rich (1844 - 1890)**
  Hyrum Smith Rich (1846 - 1924)**
  Mary Bratton Rich Linford (1846 - 1931)**
  John Thomas Rich (1846 - 1893)*
  Laura Esphena Rich (1848 - 1849)**
  Eliza Ann Rich (1848 - 1849)**
  Franklin David Rich (1849 - 1910)**
  Elizabeth Rich Pratt (1849 - 1932)*
  Frances Pheba Rich Collings (1850 - 1932)**
  Mary Ann Rich Pomeroy (1850 - 1936)**
  Adelbert Coulson Rich (1851 - 1918)**
  Caroline Whiting Rich Humpherys (1852 - 1936)**
  William Lyman Rich (1852 - 1928)**
  David Patten Rich (1853 - 1930)*
  Morris Marion Rich (1854 - 1855)**
  Minerva Marion Rich Woolley (1854 - 1930)**
  Nancy Emeline Rich Pugmire (1854 - 1939)**
  Tunis Harriet Rich (1855 - 1857)**
  Benjamin Erastus Rich (1855 - 1913)
  Amasa Mason Rich (1856 - 1919)**
  Abel George Rich (1857 - 1939)**
  Lorenzo E. Rich (1858 - 1893)**
  Frederick Carmel Rich (1859 - 1941)*
  Paulina Phelps Rich (1859 - 1860)**
  Martha Caroline Rich Parrish (1859 - 1937)**
  Harley Thomas Rich (1863 - 1933)**
  Heber Charles Chase Rich (1863 - 1932)**
  Ezra Clark Rich (1864 - 1948)**
  Wilford Woodruff Rich (1866 - 1940)**
  Luna Rosetta Rich Waldo (1866 - 1891)**
  Edward Israel Rich (1868 - 1969)**
  Morgan Jesse Rich (1868 - 1951)**
  Walter Peck Rich (1869 - 1943)**
  George Quayle Rich (1869 - 1935)**
  Alvin Orlando Rich (1870 - 1944)**
  Drusilla Sarah Rich Streeper (1871 - 1952)**
  Jacob Phelps Rich (1874 - 1874)**
*Calculated relationship
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: Park 18-13
Maintained by: SMSmith
Originally Created by: Judie Latshaw Huff
Record added: Mar 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34487546
Benjamin Erastus Rich
Added by: Judie Latshaw Huff
Benjamin Erastus Rich
Added by: SMSmith
Benjamin Erastus Rich
Added by: Judie Latshaw Huff
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Thanks for a remarkable life Elder Rich.
- Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 10, 2012

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