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Endowed chair for Mormon Studies at Virginia

The University of Virginia is renowned for its rich history (it was conceived by Thomas Jefferson) and a lofty level of academia that places the school among the top public universities in the United States.

Now the university, located in Charlottesville, Va., has secured a prominent spot in Latter-day Saint history. The university recently announced a new endowed chair in Mormon studies, making it the first university in the eastern United States to have such a position. The chair will be named for Richard Lyman Bushman, a Church member and respected historian who authored the Joseph Smith biography, Rough Stone Rolling.

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