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Thomas L. Kane correspondence and other material on Mormon business ventures, 1870-1877

 Sub-Series — Box: 17
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 3 Sub-Series 12

Scope and Contents

Contains letters, articles of incorporation, and other materials relating to Mormon businesses in Utah. Includes information on the Canaan Cooperative Stock Company, the United Order, the Utah Western Railway Company, and the Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI). Materials date from between 1870 and 1877.


  • Majority of material found within 1870-1877


Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Kane family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

John W. Young (1844-1924) was a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

John Willard Young was born October 1, 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois to Brigham Young and Mary Ann Angell. He traveled with other Mormons to Utah. He was ordained an apostle by his father on November 22, 1855 at the age of 11. In 1869, he helped to open the Salt Lake City Museum and Menagerie, the predecessor of the Deseret Museum. He also contributed to construction of the railroad in Arizona Territory. He died in New York, New York on February 11, 1924.

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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