Lorenzo Hansen: 12th Mayor of Logan

hansen_lgDates in Office: 1902-1904
Terms in Office: 1
Age when Elected: 44

Lorenzo Hansen was born on December 1, 1858 in Brigham City, Utah. His parents were Christian Hansen and Elizabeth Ericksen. He married Ann Maria Robbins Mitton on December 11, 1879 and had three children. He died in Logan, Utah on March 21, 1949.

Beginning in 1889 Mr. Hansen was important in the dairy industry of Cache County, Utah. He was the first man to buy milk in wholesale lots from farmers and the first to produce condensed milk in the state. Hansen was a member of the board of trustees of Utah State Agricultural College for ten years from 1896 to 1906, serving on the building committee for the school. In 1914 he was active in plans for raising money for the construction of the Budge Hospital. He later served on the hospital board, first as vice president and later as president.

In 1902 - 1904 Mr. Hansen served as mayor of Logan. He established the Logan municipal electric light plant and was instrumental in the erection of the Utah-Idaho Hospital in Logan.

For more information, you may read patron-submitted biographies of both Lorenzo and Ann.


1. "The Herald Journal". Lorenzo Hansen, Founder of Cache Area Condensed Milk industry, Died at Age 90. Logan, Utah: March 22, 1949.
2. Noble, Warrum, ed. "Utah Since Statehood: Historical and Biographical". Chicago, Illinois: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1919, 4:354-358
3. Ricks, Joel E., ed. "The History of a Valley : Cache Valley, Utah-Idaho". Logan, Utah: Cache Valley Centennial Commission, 1956.



  • ~ Doctor D.C. Budge established a hospital and nursing school on the corner of Center and Second West. 7, 32

  • ~ A large condensed milk plant was erected in Logan by Lorenzo Hansen, which he sold to Borden Condensed Milk Company in 1912. 59


  • ~ The Logan City Offices were relocated to 176 North Main from 1904 to 1906 and then again from about 1915 to 1963. It was called the Arimo Block with the address of 172 - 180 North Main.

  • ~ The City Light Plant was completed and began operation with Orson Smith as the superintendent. There was only one generating unit at that time-- one water wheel and one generator. 28