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Chronology

Father born

George Q. Cannon’s father, George Cannon, was born in Peel, Isle of Man.

Mother christened

George Q. Cannons mother, Ann Quayle (or Quale), was christened in Kirk German, Isle of Man.

Parents wed

George Cannon and Ann Quayle married in Liverpool, England.

Born

George Quayle Cannon was born in Liverpool.

First missionaries to England

The first missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to England arrived in Liverpool.

Father baptized

Cannons father was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Liverpool.

Baptized

Cannon was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Liverpool.

Sails for United States

Cannon sailed for the United States aboard the ship Sidney.

Mother dies

Cannons mother died on the Sydney on the Atlantic Ocean.

Arrives in Nauvoo

Cannon arrived in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Father dies

Cannons father died in St. Louis.

Ordained in priesthood

Cannon was ordained to the offices of elder and seventy in the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Exodus from Nauvoo

Cannon joined the Latter-day Saint exodus west from Nauvoo.

Arrives in Salt Lake Valley

Cannon arrived in the Salt Lake Valley.

California gold fields

Cannon worked in the California gold fields.

Mission to Hawaii

Cannon departed from San Francisco on a mission to the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii).

Hawaiian Book of Mormon translation begins

Cannon began translating the Book of Mormon into Hawaiian.

Released from mission

Cannon was released from his mission to the Sandwich Islands and returned to Salt Lake City.

Publishes Hawaiian Book of Mormon

Cannon published the Book of Mormon in Hawaiian.

Begins Western Standard

Cannon served as founding editor of the Western Standard, San Francisco, California.

European Missions president

Cannon served as president of the European Missions, headquartered in Liverpool.

Ordained an apostle

Cannon was ordained an apostle by church president Brigham Young.

Meets Abraham Lincoln

Cannon had an interview with President Abraham Lincoln in Washington DC, the first of many interviews Cannon would have with sitting U.S. presidents.

Begins Juvenile Instructor

Cannon edited the first number of the Juvenile Instructor, the first magazine for Latter-day Saint children and youth.

Editor of Deseret News

Cannon served as editor of the Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Founds bookstore

Cannon founded George Q. Cannon & Sons, a Salt Lake City bookseller (it later became Deseret Book Company).

Delegate to Congress

Cannon served as Utah territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress.

Superintendent of Sunday School

Cannon was appointed superintendent of the Deseret Sunday School Union.

Counselor to Brigham Young

Cannon was sustained as a counselor to Brigham Young.

Death of Brigham Young

Brigham Young died; Cannon was immediately released as a counselor in the First Presidency.

Counselor to John Taylor

Cannon was sustained as first counselor to church president John Taylor.

Edmunds Act becomes law

The federal Edmunds Act was signed into law, making plural marriage and bigamous (or unlawful) cohabitation criminal offenses subject to fines and jail sentences.

Goes into hiding

With President John Taylor, Cannon went into hiding on the Mormon underground.

Arrested

Cannon was arrested in Nevada on charges of unlawful cohabitation.

Disincorporation of church

The federal Edmunds-Tucker Act disincorporated the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Death of John Taylor

John Taylor died; Cannon was immediately released as first counselor in the First Presidency.

Enters prison

Cannon entered the Utah territorial penitentiary on a conviction of unlawful cohabitation; he remained incarcerated for five months.

Counselor to Wilford Woodruff

Cannon was sustained as first counselor to church president Wilford Woodruff.

Defends Manifesto

In the tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Cannon defended the manifesto ending plural marriage.

Utah becomes state

Utah was admitted to the Union as a state, ending half a century of petitions.

Death of Wilford Woodruff

Wilford Woodruff died; Cannon was immediately released as first counselor in the First Presidency.

Counselor to Lorenzo Snow

Cannon was sustained as first counselor to church president Lorenzo Snow.

Signs will

Cannon signed his last will and testament in Monterey, California.

Dies

Cannon died at Monterey, California.

Buried

Cannon was buried in Salt Lake City.