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Hiram Bradley Clawson

7 November 1826–29 March 1912

Born 7 Nov. 1826 in Utica, Oneida Co., New York.[1] Son of Zephaniah Clawson and Catherine Reese.[2] Baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Joseph Blakesly, 1840.[3] Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley with the Brigham Young pioneer company, arriving by 24 Sept. 1848.[4] Married Ellen Curtis Spencer, 18 Mar. 1850, in Salt Lake City.[5] Participated in plural marriage.[6] Business manager for Brigham Young.[7] Comanaged the Salt Lake Theatre with John T. Caine, ca. 1862.[8] General superintendent of the Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution, 1869–1873, 1875–1876.[9] Ordained a high priest; served as bishop of the Salt Lake City Twelfth Ward, 1882–1904.[10] Appointed president of the Deseret Hospital board, 1884.[11] Died 29 Mar. 1912 in Salt Lake City.[12]

 

[1] “Sealings of Couples, Living and by Proxy, 1851–1889,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. A, p. 709, Hiram Bradley Clawson and Ellen Curtis Spencer, 18 Mar. 1850, microfilm 183374 (restricted access), FHL. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members Collection, 1836–1970, Twelfth-Thirteenth Ward, part 1, no. 361, Hiram B. Clawson, CR 375 8, image 43/400, CHL. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 30 May 2018), Hiram Bradley Clawson (KWZR-JMX). 

[2] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members Collection, 1836–1970, Twelfth-Thirteenth Ward, part 1, no. 361, Hiram B. Clawson, CR 375 8, image 43/400, CHL.

[3] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members Collection, 1836–1970, Twelfth-Thirteenth Ward, part 1, no. 361, Hiram B. Clawson, CR 375 8, image 43/400, CHL.

[4] Camp of Israel, Camp of Israel Schedules and Reports, 1845–1849, MS 14290, CHL. “Hiram Bradley Clawson,” Pioneer Database (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravel/, accessed 30 May 2018). 

[5] “Sealings of Couples, Living and by Proxy, 1851–1889,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. A, p. 709, Hiram Bradley Clawson and Ellen Curtis Spencer, 18 Mar. 1850, microfilm 183374 (restricted access), FHL.

[6] “Sealings of Couples, Living and by Proxy, 1851–1889,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. A-A1, p. 55, line 711, Hiram Bradley Clawson and Margaret Gay Judd, 21 Aug. 1852, microfilm 183393 (restricted access), FHL.

[7] Hiram B. Clawson, Papers, 1850–1862, MS 14296, CHL. Tessie Clawson Groesbeck, Biographical Sketch of Hiram B. Clawson, p. 2, MS 11777, CHL.

[8] Horace G. Whitney, The Drama in Utah: The Story of the Salt Lake Theatre (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1915), 4, 7, 8.

[9] Martha Sonntag Bradley, ZCMI: America’s First Department Store (Salt Lake City: ZCMI, 1991), 23. “New Advertisements,” Deseret Evening News, 10 Mar. 1869, 2. Tessie Clawson Groesbeck, Biographical Sketch of Hiram B. Clawson, p. 3, MS 11777, CHL.

[10] Twelfth East Ward, University West Stake, Twelfth East Ward Manuscript History and Historical Reports, 1849–1972, LR 12908 2, CHL.

[11] “The Deseret Hospital,” Woman’s Exponent, 15 Oct. 1884, 76.

[12] “Utah State Archives Indexes,” database and images, Utah State Archives (https://archives.utah.gov, accessed 16 May 2018); Utah Department of Health Office of Vital Records and Statistics Death certificates, series 81448, file no. 426/425 (1912), Hiram B. Clawson. “H. B. Clawson, Pioneer, Dies at Age of 85,” Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Mar. 1912, 1–2.