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George Quayle Cannon

11 January 1827–12 April 1901

Born 11 Jan. 1827 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.[1] Son of George Cannon and Ann Quayle.[2] Father-in-law of EBW’s daughter Elizabeth Ann Wells Cannon.[3] Baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1840, at Liverpool.[4] Emigrated with his family aboard the Sidney, arriving in New Orleans 11 Nov. 1842.[5] Apprenticed to his uncle John Taylor, Apr. 1843; worked in the Times and Seasons printshop in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois.[6] Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley with the Edward Hunter/Joseph Horne pioneer company, arriving 29 Sept. 1847.[7] Served missions to California, 1849, and to the Sandwich Islands, 1850–1854.[8] Married Elizabeth Hoagland, 10 Dec. 1854, in Salt Lake City.[9] Served a mission to San Francisco, 1855–1857, where he founded and was editor of the Western Standard and printed the Book of Mormon in Hawaiian.[10] Ordained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 26 Aug. 1860.[11] Editor of the Deseret News, 1867–1873, 1877–1879.[12] Served as a Utah territorial delegate to U.S. Congress, 1873–1880.[13] Welcomed EBW and others to Washington DC, 10 Jan. 1879; advised them on political action throughout their visit.[14] Incarcerated in the Utah Territorial Penitentiary on charges of unlawful cohabitation, 17 Sept. 1888–20 Feb. 1889.[15] Visited at the penitentiary by EBW.[16] Conducted funeral services for Daniel H. Wells, husband of EBW, 28 Mar. 1891.[17] Served as a counselor to four presidents of the church.[18] Died 12 Apr. 1901 in Monterey, Monterey Co., California.[19]

 

[1] Church of England, St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool, Lancashire) Parish Registers for St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool, 1704–1919, Baptisms, 1826–1827, vol. 13, p. 111, no. 882, George Cannon, 2­­­­­­­­­­­­­8 Jan. 1827, microfilm 93877, FHL.  Temple Records Index Bureau, Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, 10 December 1845 to 8 February 1846 (Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1974), 67, George Cannon (restricted access). “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 28 Nov. 2017), George Q. Cannon, (LJ7G-K39 and KWC8-VG3).

[2] Church of England, St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, Parish Registers for St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool, 1704–1919, Baptisms, 1826–1827, vol. 13, p. 111, no. 882, George Cannon, 2­­­­­­­­­­­­­8 Jan. 1827, microfilm 93877, FHL. Church of England, St. Thomas’ Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, Bishop’s Transcripts for St. Thomas’s, St. Simon’s, and St. Stephen’s Churches, Liverpool, 1750–1875, 1821–1839, p. 39, 24 Oct. 1825, George Cannon and Ann Quayle, microfilm 1068943, FHL.

[3] Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 504–505. Salt Lake Co., UT, Marriage Records, 1887–1965, John Q. Cannon and Elizabeth Annie Wells Cannon, 13 May 1888, p. 400, no. 421, microfilm 429053, FHL.

[4] Davis Bitton, George Q. Cannon: A Biography (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999), 459. Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History, 1901), 1:44.

[5] “George Q. Cannon,” Saints by Sea (https://saintsbysea.lib.byu.edu/, accessed 11 Nov. 2017).

[6] Lawrence R. Flake, Mighty Men of Zion: General Authorities of the Last Dispensation (Salt Lake City: Deseret Press, 1974), 90–91. Davis Bitton, George Q. Cannon: A Biography (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999), 42–43.

[7] “George Quayle Cannon,” Pioneer Database (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravel, accessed 20 Nov. 2017), George Q. Cannon.

[8] “George Quayle Cannon,” Go Ye into All the World: Missionary Database (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/missionary/individual/george-quayle-cannon-1827?lang=eng, accessed 28 June 2018), George Quayle Cannon.

[9] Davis Bitton, George Q. Cannon: A Biography (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999), 69–70. Judith W. Hansen and Norma Lundberg, comps., Marriages in Utah Territory, 1850–1884: From the Deseret News, 1850–1872, and the Elias Smith Journals, 1850–1884 (Salt Lake City: Utah Genealogical Association, 1998), 11.

[10] Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah (Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons, 1904), 4:660.

[11] Journal of George Q. Cannon, Chronology (https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon/events?lang=eng, accessed 11 Jan. 2018), 26 Aug. 1860. Davis Bitton, George Q. Cannon: A Biography (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999), 101–103.

[12] Davis Bitton, George Q. Cannon: A Biography (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999), 90, 459. “21 Editors, Publishers in Paper’s 147 Years,” Deseret News, 18 May 1997 (https://www.deseretnews.com/article/569733/21-editors-publishers-in-papers-147-years.html, accessed 11 Jan. 2018).

[13] Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–2005 (Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 2005), 780–781.

[14] EBW, Diary, 8–30 Jan. 1879.

[15] Davis Bitton, George Q. Cannon: A Biography (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999), 291–296, 511.

[16] EBW, Diary, 28 Nov. 1888.

[17] Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 315–316.

[18]Lawrence R. Flake, Mighty Men of Zion: General Authorities of the Last Dispensation (Salt Lake City: Deseret Press, 1974), 93.

[19] “Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849–1949,” p. 145, line 5500, 1901, George Quayle Cannon; Salt Lake County Management and Archives, Salt Lake City. “Death of President George Q. Cannon,” Salt Lake Herald, 13 Apr. 1901, 1.