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Cannon, Angus M. (Angus Munn)



  • Existence: 1834 - 1915

Biographical History

Angus Munn Cannon (1834-1915) was a pioneer and early leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah.

Angus Munn Cannon was born on May 17, 1834, in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, to parents George Cannon and Ann Quayle. In 1840, the family was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Cannon's uncle John Taylor. The family traveled to Nauvoo in September of 1842, but Cannon's mother died at sea. His father died in Nauvoo in 1844, so he lived with his sister and her husband. In 1849, he traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, and in 1850 went with the George A. Smith company to settle in Southern Utah until 1851, when he returned to Salt Lake.

From 1854 to 1858, Cannon served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Eastern States Mission, preaching in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware; he was called back because of the Utah War. Cannon was head of one of the first families called to settle St. George. He was elected St. George's first mayor in 1861. In 1867, he and his family moved back to Salt Lake City, where he became the president of the Salt Lake Stake in 1876, serving in that capacity until 1904. After being released as stake president, he was called as stake patriarch.

Cannon was convicted of practicing polygamy, and served six months in the Utah State Penitentiary in 1885. He had six wives: Sarah Maria Mousley, married 1858; Ann Amanda Mousley, married 1858; Clarissa Cordelia Moses Mason, married 1875; Johanna Christina Danielson, married 1887; Maria Bennion, married 1886; and Martha Maria Hughes, married 1884. In 1896, he ran as the Republican candidate for the state senate seat, but was beaten by his wife Martha Hughes Cannon, who was the Democratic candidate.

Angus M. Cannon died on June 17, 1915, from apoplexy in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Cannon, M.H. Letters from exile, 1989: CIP t.p. (Angus M. Cannon) galley (Angus Munn Cannon)

Supporting Saints, c1985: p. 370 (Angus M. Cannon; b. May 17, 1834, Liverpool, Lancashire, England)

Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History, via WWW, Aug. 9, 2010 (Angus Munn Cannon; d. June 7, 1917, Salt Lake City, Utah), July 21, 2011 (d. from apoplexy, June 17, 1915), July 21, 2011 (b. in England; family joined the Church in 1840; baptized by John Taylor; served a mission to Eastern States from 1854 to 1858; pres of Salt Lake Stake from 1876 to 1904; mayor of St. George in 1861; ran as Republican Party candidate in 1896, beaten by wife), July 21, 2011 (mother died at sea; father died in 1844; lived with sister; settled Southern Utah with George A. Smith in 1851; convicted of polygamy and served six month sentence in 1885), July 21, 2011 (b. May 17, 1834; six wives: Sarah Maria Mousley, 1858; Ann Amanda Mousley, 1858; Clarissa Cordelia Moses Mason, 1875; Johanna Christina Danielson, 1887; Maria Bennion, 1886; and Martha Maria Hughes, 1884; d. June 7, 1915)

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Angus M. Cannon journals, 1900-1901

 Sub-Series — Carton 2: Series 1; Series 2, Folder: 3-5
Identifier: MSS 6154 Series 1 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains photocopies of journals of Angus Munn Cannon. Journals detail daily life in his household, including interactions with his wives. Dated 1900-1901.

Dates: 1900-1901

Angus M. Cannon diaries and letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 199
Scope and Contents

Collection includes three handwritten diaries dated 1885 to 1886 two letters from 1891. In his diaries, Cannon writes about his imprisonment at the Utah State Penitentiary for polygamy and his subseqent experiences as a stake president for the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. His letters are addressed to his sons George and John, and to Levi Colvin of Payson, Utah. Photocopies and typescripts of the diaries are also included.

Dates: 1885-1891

Angus M. Cannon letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230322411]
Identifier: MSS SC 2342
Scope and Contents

Handwritten letters dated 1888 and 1894. One of the letters is addressed to John M. Cannon. Angus refers a woman to John saying she desired a divorce. In the other item Angus thanks a friend for his kind words and support in the Mormon Church.

Dates: 1888-1894

Angus M. Cannon letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230324656]
Identifier: MSS SC 2536
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and typewritten letters with three receipts. Each item is signed by Angus Cannon. The letters are addressed to John M. Cannon. Angus writes largely about business and personal metters.

Dates: 1899-1910

John M. Cannon papers

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230328020]
Identifier: MSS SC 3220
Scope and Contents

This collection contains thirty-nine letters written to and by John M. Cannon, a Salt Lake City attorney. There are business letters and personal correspondence. The business letters deal mainly with business: mining, ranching, buying and selling of farm land, closing of bank accounts, etc. The contents of the collection span the years between 1893 and 1914 and are arranged chronologically.

Dates: 1893-1914

Home missionary meeting minutes

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230319797]
Identifier: MSS SC 2118
Scope and Contents

Three handwritten items. One item contains a list of Home Missionaries for the Mormon Church who were being set apart and blessed by the Mormon leaders Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901), Joseph Edward Taylor (1830- ), Angus Munn Cannon (1834- ), and Charles Coulson Rich (1809-1883) on October 8th, 1877 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The other two documents are written accounts of Home Missionary meetings.

Dates: 1877

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Collection 5
Archival Object 1
Letters 4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2
Correspondence 2
Diaries 2
Latter Day Saint churches -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- History 2