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John Quayle Cannon Jr.

20 October 1901–5 December 1980

Born 20 Oct. 1901 at Salt Lake City.[1] Son of John Quayle Cannon and Elizabeth Ann Wells.[2] Grandson of EBW.[3] Baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 20 Oct. 1909.[4] Worked as a sportswriter and assistant editor for the Deseret News while attending college, 1920–1924.[5] Graduated from the University of Utah, 1923, and from George Washington University, 1929.[6] Moved to Washington DC, by 1927.[7] Married Anna Laura Stohl, 26 June 1928, in Salt Lake City.[8] Held positions on the U.S. Bureau of Standards, 1929–1931, and on the Civil Service Commission, 1932–1937.[9] Served as the assistant to the chief examiner on legal matters, 1940–1942; assistant to Attorney General Francis Biddle, 1944–1945.[10] Joined the Radio Corporation of America (RCA); served as the corporate secretary of RCA holdings, including the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), 1952–1967.[11] Served as bishop of the Westchester Ward, 1958–1964, in Westchester Co., New York.[12] Appointed coordinator for the Church Information Service, Nov. 1967.[13] Sat on local and national college councils, 1969–1974.[14] Died 5 Dec. 1980 in Salt Lake City.[15]

 

[1] Salt Lake Co., UT, County Clerk, Birth Records, 1890–1915, John Q. Cannon Jr., vol. 2, p. 316, no. 11992, FHL. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 17 Apr. 2017), John Quayle Cannon (KWZM-2HB). 

[2] Salt Lake Co., UT, County Clerk, Birth Records, 1890–1915, John Q. Cannon Jr., vol. 2, p. 316, no. 11992, FHL. 

[3] Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 505. 

[4] “Endowments of the Living, 1893–1956,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, vol. E, 1913–1939, p. 1059, John Quayle Cannon, 25 June 1928, microfilm 184072 (restricted access), FHL.    

[5] Salt Lake City Directory (Salt Lake City: R. L. Polk, 1924), 92. “John Q. Cannon Succumbs at 70,” Deseret News, 5 Dec. 1980, 2B. Wendell J. Ashton, Voice in the West: Biography of a Pioneer Newspaper (New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1950), 278.

[6] The Utonian 1923 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1922), 148, 191, 226. “City Brevities: Utahn Graduates,” Salt Lake Tribune, 16 June 1929, 6B.   

[7] Boyd’s District of Columbia Directory (Detroit: R. L. Polk, 1927), 375.

[8] Salt Lake Co., UT, County Clerk, Marriage Records, 1887–1965, bk. 138, no. 54814, microfilm 429130, FHL. “Endowments of the Living, 1893–1956,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, vol. E, 1913–1939, p. 1059, John Quayle Cannon, 25 June 1928, microfilm 184072 (restricted access), FHL. 1940 U.S. Census, Chevy Chase, Montgomery Co., MD, ED 6/16-25, p. 15A, John Q. Cannon.

[9] Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia (Washington DC: R. L. Polk, 1929), 359. Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia (Washington DC: R. L. Polk, 1930), 174. Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia (Washington DC: R. L. Polk, 1931), 366. Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia (Washington DC: R. L. Polk, 1932), 353. Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia (Washington DC: R. L. Polk, 1935), 417. Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia (Washington DC: R. L. Polk, 1937), 213.

[10] “U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940–1947,” Ancestry (https://search.ancestry.com, accessed 27 Aug. 2018), John Q. Cannon, 1942. U.S. Civil Service Commission, Official Register of the United States (Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1940), 162. U.S. Civil Service Commission, Official Register of the United States (Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1941), 175. U.S. Civil Service Commission, Official Register of the United States (Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1942), 212. U.S. Civil Service Commission, Official Register of the United States (Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1944), 108. U.S. Civil Service Commission, Official Register of the United States (Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1945), 106.

[11] “Colored TV Use Not Imminent, Utahn Declares,” Deseret News and Telegram, 20 Mar. 1953, 10A. July 1852–July 1958 issues of Radio Age. Oct. 1957–Winter 1966/1967 issues of Electronic Age.   

[12] Record of Members Collection, 1836–1970, Westchester Ward, Ward Record of Members, pp. 859, 747, CHL.

[13] “The Church Moves On,” Improvement Era, Jan. 1968, 76.

[14] “Y. Advisory Council Meets Monday,” Deseret News, 2 Oct. 1969, 22A. “Scholarship Won by Weber Coed,” Ogden (UT) Standard Examiner, 11 May 1969, 12A. “Scholarships Available,” Color Country Spectrum, 9 May 1974.

[15] “John Q. Cannon Succumbs at 70,” Deseret News, 5 Dec. 1980, 2B.