Thomas E. Ricks (Mormon) - Colonizing Years

Colonizing Years

Ricks was also an influential church and community leader in both Utah and Idaho. He is known as the founder of Rexburg, Idaho, and participated in the founding of the Bannock Stake Academy, which would eventually evolve into Brigham Young University–Idaho. This school was named in his honor for a period of 99 years first as Ricks Academy (1902–1917) and later as Ricks College (1917–2001).

Ricks served as a bishop and later as a stake president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Rexburg area.

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