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Dialogue: Vol 26 No 2
A Strange Phenomena: Ernest L. Wilkinson, the LDS Church, and Utah Politics
A Strange Phenomena: Ernest L Wilkinson, the LDS Church, and Utah Politics Gary James Bergera Politics is a strange phenomena. —Ernest L. Wilkinson, 19611 For Ernest Leroy Wilkinson, successful Washington, D.C., lawyer and seventh president of Brigham Young University, campaign politics was a game he could never master. From his rowdy youth in Ogden, Utah's notorious Hell's Half-Acre district, where blind eyes turned to cock-fighting and bootlegging, he had been fascinated by the nature and use of power. By the time he was fifty, he had secured a string of hard-won national victories as a tenacious and intimidating legalist. But the lure of politics remained the one attraction, despite other professional and personal accomplishments, he could not resist. 1. Wilkinson to S. Lyman Tyler, 13 Feb. 1961, Brigham Young University Archives, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; hereafter BYU archives. 2. This is Wilkinson's own characterization of the Ogden of his youth. See "[Auto]biography of Ernest L. Wilkinson for High Priests Quorum in 17th Ward of Salt Lake Stake," 27 Nov. 1977, privately circulated. For a more thorough history of Ogden, see Richard C. Roberts and Richard W. Sadler, Ogden: Junction City (Northridge, CA: Windsor Publications, 1985). 3. Wilkinson's life has been treated in considerable detail in Ernest L. Wilkinson, ed., Brigham Young University: The First One Hundred Years, Vol. 2 (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1975), 497-723; Ernest L. Wilkinson and Leonard J. Arrington, eds., Brigham Young University: The First One Hundred Years, Vol. 3 (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1976), 3-789; Ernest L. Wilkinson and W. Cleon Skousen, Brigham Young University: A School of Destiny (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1976), 429-759