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Clawson, Rudger, 1857-1943

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Dates

  • Existence: 1857-1943

Rudger Clawson (1857-1943) was an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1898 to 1943.

Rudger Clawson was born on March 12, 1857 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to parents Hiram Bradley Clawson and Margaret Gay Judd. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South where he witnessed anti-Mormon mobs murder his mission companion, Joseph Standing, in 1879. On August 1, 1882, he married Florence Ann Dinwoodey and the two had one child together. On March 29, 1883, he married another wife, Lydia Elizabeth Spencer, and they had nine children together. In 1884 Clawson became the first Mormon polygamist to be convicted and imprisoned for violating the Edmunds Act of 1882. He served his prison sentence from 1884 to 1887 and was released early by President Grover Cleveland. After his release in 1887 he was called as the Stake President of the Box Elder Stake in Utah. Eleven years later, in 1898, he was called by Lorenzo Snow to be an apostle for the Church and eventually became the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1921. He served in this capacity until his death.

He died on June 21, 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citation

Cambridge Journals, via WWW, Jan. 23, 2015 (born on March 12, 1857 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to parents Hiram Bradley Clawson and Margaret Gay Judd; served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South; witnessed anti-Mormon mobs murder his mission companion, Joseph Standing, in 1879; August 1, 1882, he married Florence Ann Dinwoodey and the two had one child together; On March 29, 1883, he married another wife, Lydia Elizabeth Spencer, and they had nine children together; 1884 Clawson became the first Mormon polygamist to be convicted and imprisoned for violating the Edmunds Act of 1882; served his prison sentence from 1884 to 1887 and was released early by President Grover Cleveland; 1887 called as the Stake President of the Box Elder Stake in Utah; 1898, he was called by Lorenzo Snow to be an apostle for the Church; President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1921; served in this capacity until his death;died on June 21, 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah) http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=2308480

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Rules of Pen Library

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7679
Scope and Contents Manuscript was written by Rudger Clawson for the Utah Territorial Penitentiary. It describes the rules for checking out books within the penitentiary by the inmates. It is one page long and the only known draft. The document was created circa 1885. There is also a typescript included.
Dates: approximately 1885