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Benjamin Cluff, Jr
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Birth: Feb. 6, 1858
Provo
Utah County
Utah, USA
Death: Jun. 16, 1948
Redondo Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA

First President of Brigham Young University

On January 4, 1892, Benjamin Cluff Jr. officially became the third principal of the 16-year-old Brigham Young Academy. He followed Karl G. Maeser who had been appointed Superintendent of all Church schools under the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). On July 20, 1894 the title of the head of the academy was changed from Principal to President of the Faculty and Benjamin Cluff Jr. became President Cluff. Brigham Young Academy had had severe financial difficulties from its beginning and the head of the school struggled constantly to meet the financial expenses of the institution. The Academy was growing; expanding its courses, faculty, and campus building program. Finding the means to pay salaries and expenses was a constant worry. It was such a great problem each year to financially stay in operation that President Cluff was always looking to friends, benefactors and private means to increase funds. After much thought and meditation Benjamin Cluff Jr. was inspired to ask the Mormon Church to incorporate the Brigham Young Academy and on July 18, 1895 it become financially responsible for the institution. Always looking for ways to improve the Academy, its curriculum, faculty and academics, Benjamin Cluff Jr., in the spring of 1903, proposed that the school be given an appropriate name which would better represent the educational work being carried on there. He was convinced that the name of the entire school should be changed so that it could receive proper recognition in educational circles and among educational institutions. It was through his efforts that the Brigham Young Academy became Brigham Young University in the fall of 1903. Benjamin Cluff Jr. became its first president. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Mary Jane John Cluff (1862 - 1934)*
  Harriett Cullimore Cluff (1868 - 1954)*
  Florence Mary Reynolds Cluff (1874 - 1932)*
 
 Children:
  R Cluff (1884 - 1884)*
  Mary Fern Cluff Ingram (1885 - 1981)*
  Benjamin Cluff (1889 - 1890)*
  Harriet Lyle Cluff (1891 - 1934)*
  Vida Cluff Gardner (1892 - 1982)*
  David Theon Cluff (1894 - 1967)*
  Ellen Cluff Kiser (1896 - 1990)*
  Goldwin Wride Cluff (1896 - 1974)*
  Waldo Cullimore Cluff (1900 - 1969)*
  Aaron Cluff (1902 - 1902)*
  Danson Cluff (1902 - 1902)*
  Eldon Reed Cluff (1903 - 1974)*
  Esther Cluff Leard (1904 - 1931)*
  Luz Dolores Cluff Fife (1907 - 2003)*
  Harvey Carmen Cluff (1909 - 2003)*
  Margaret Cluff Edwards (1911 - 1988)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Created by: Brett Williams
Record added: Feb 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47557161
Benjamin Cluff, Jr
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Benjamin Cluff, Jr
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Benjamin Cluff, Jr
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 Added: Jan. 30, 2013

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