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Thomas L. Kane correspondence with other Mormons, 1846-1882

 Sub-Series — Box: 16
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 3 Sub-Series 9


  • Majority of material found within 1846-1882

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Biographical History

John M. Bernhisel (1799-1881) was an American politician, physician, and early Mormon convert.

John Milton Bernhisel was born in Sandy Hill, Pennsylvania on June 23, 1799 to Samuel Bernhisel and Sussanah Bower. He graduated in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia and began practicing medicine in New York City. He moved to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1843 and later to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1848. He continued to practice medicine in both Nauvoo and Salt Lake. Bernhisel married Julia Ann Haight on December 19, 1845. He was elected to the Thirty-Seventh Congress, where he served from 1861 to 1863. Bernhisel died in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 28, 1881.
Biographical History William H. Hooper (1813-1882) was an American politician and businessman.

William Henry Hooper was born in Cambridge, Maryland on December 25, 1813 to Henry Hooper and Mary Noel Price. Hooper married Mary Ann Knowlton on December 24, 1852. He was the Secretary of Utah Territory in 1857 and 1858. Hooper was also a member of the Utah territorial Senate in 1862. He served as superintendent of Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution from 1873 to 1877, and its president from 1877 to 1882. He served as president of the Deseret National Bank from 1872 until his death. Hooper died in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 30, 1882.
Biographical History Orson Hyde (1805-1878) was an early leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an original member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Orson Hyde was born in Oxford, Connecticut on January 8, 1805 to Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Hyde was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 30, 1831. He married Marinda Nancy Johnson on September 4, 1834. Hyde marched with Zion's Camp in 1834. He was ordained an apostle of the Church on February 15, 1835 as one of the original members of the Twelve. Hyde served a mission to England in 1837 to 1838. He later served a mission to Jerusalem where, on October 24, 1841, he famously dedicated the land of Israel for the return of the Jews. Hyde and his family moved to Utah in 1850. He died in Spring City, Utah on November 28, 1878.
Biographical History Willard Richards (1804-1854) was an early leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as the Second Counselor in the First Presidency.

Willard Richards was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts on June 24, 1804 to Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. He married Jennetta Richards on September 24, 1838 in Preston, England.
Biographical History Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883) was a lawyer, abolitionist, Civil War soldier, frontiersman, and Mormon advocate.

Thomas Leiper Kane was born January 27, 1822 in Philadelphia to Judge John Kintzing Kane and Jane Duval Leiper. He attained the bar in 1846, after studying law with his father. He served as clerk in his father's court until 1850, at which point he resigned due to a moral conflict with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. He went on to become an active member of the Underground Railroad. Kane became interested in the Mormon migration to the West, and was crucial in securing government aid for the movement. His friendship with Brigham Young is credited with the non-violent resolution of the Utah War. At the advent of the Civil War Kane organized a volunteer Union Army regiment known as the "Bucktails" and served as lieutenant-colonel of that outfit. He later was brevetted the rank of major-general for his service at Gettysburg. After his military service he retired to found the town of Kane, Pennsylvania. In 1853 Kane married Elizabeth Dennistoun Wood, and together they had four children: Harriet Amelia Kane (1854-1896); Elisha Kent Kane (1856-1935); Evan O'Neill Kane (1861-1932); and Thomas Leiper Kane, Jr. (1863-1929). Kane died of pneumonia in Philadelphia on December 26, 1883.


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1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States