The New Administration: Secretary of Agriculture

EZRA TAFT BENSON, 53, farm marketing specialist, one of the twelve apostles of the Mormon Church.

Family & Early Years: His great-grandfather, Ezra Taft Benson, was a Mormon apostle. His father, George Taft Benson, was a farmer at Whitney (southern) Idaho, where Ezra was born. As the middle name indicates, he is a remote relative of Ohio's Senator Robert A. Taft. Said Benson: "We have a common ancestral progenitor about six generations back. My great-great-grandmother was a Taft." Benson attended Oneida Stake Academy (Mormon) at Preston, Idaho and the Utah State Agricultural College, got his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University...

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