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Cannon, Abraham H. (Abraham Hoagland), 1859-1896



  • Existence: 1859 - 1896

Biographical History

Abraham H. Cannon (1859-1896) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and manager of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Abraham Hoagland Cannon was born on March 12, 1859, to George Q. Cannon and Elizabeth Hoagland in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a youth, Cannon received a thorough education, graduating from Deseret University and studying the carpenter's and architect's trades. He also worked for a time on the Deseret News. On October 16, 1878, he married Sarah Ann Jenkins, and on October 15, 1879, he married Wilhelmina M. Cannon, his first cousin. Shortly before this second marriage, in October of 1879, Cannon was called on a mission to Europe for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He first went to England, then to Switzerland and Germany, and returned home to Salt Lake City in June of 1882.

On October 9, 1882, Cannon was called as one of the first seven presidents of the Seventies. During this time, he owned several bookstores and held managerial positions in several companies, including in the State Bank of Utah and in the Juvenile Instructor. He also wrote several books and articles throughout his life. During the government persecution of polygamists in the 1880s, Cannon helped hide his father, George Q. Cannon, and other apostles so they would not be charged. He himself was convicted of unlawful cohabitation on March 17, 1886, and served six months in the state penitentiary. On January 11, 1887, he married his step-sister Mary E. Croxall in Mexico, where polygamy was still legal.

Cannon was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 7, 1889, and soon after became the general manager of the Deseret News. Later he became the editor and publisher for the Contributor.

Abraham H. Cannon died unexpectedly of meningitis on July 19, 1896, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was thirty-seven years old.

Citation:, July 22, 2011 (b. March 12, 1859 Salt Lake City; parents George Q. Cannon, Elizabeth Hoagland; graduated from Deseret University; studied carpentry and architecture; worked on Deseret News; m. Sarah Ann Jenkins October 16, 1878; m. Wilhelmina M. Cannon October 15, 1879; mission to Europe 1879-1882; called as one of first seven presidents of the Seventies October 9, 1882; owned bookstores and held managerial positions; wrote books and articles; helped hide apostles during polygamy persecution; convicted of unlawful cohabitation and served six months; m. Mary E. Croxall January 11, 1887, in Mexico; ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles October 7, 1889; general manager of Deseret News; editor and publisher for the Contributor; died of meningitis July 19, 1896, in Salt Lake City), July 22, 2011 (Abraham Hoagland Cannon; b. March 12, 1859; d. July 19, 1896)

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Abraham H. Cannon diary volume 1

 Digital Record
Identifier: VMSS62_I1_B1_F1
Dates: 1879-1881

Abraham H. Cannon diary volume 2

 Digital Record
Identifier: VMSS62_I2_B1_F1
Dates: 1881-1882

Abraham H. Cannon diary volume 3

 Digital Record
Identifier: VMSS62_I3_B1_F2
Dates: 1882-1883

Abraham H. Cannon journals, 1881-1895

 Sub-Series — Carton 2: Series 1; Series 2, Folder: 1-2
Identifier: MSS 6154 Series 1 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains excerpts from the daily journal of Abraham H. Cannon. Materials are transcripts and photocopies of original journals. Includes experiences from his mission in England, Germany, and Switzerland, as well as details from his time serving as a president of a Quorum of the Seventy and in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Dated 1881-1895.

Dates: 1881-1895

Thomas Walter Brookbank reminiscences

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230305515]
Identifier: MSS SC 799
Scope and Contents

Consists of three separate manuscripts: "Religious Experiences of Thomas Walter Brookbank," "Travels and Threads of Experience," and "A Soldier's Recollections." These autobiographies recount the author's early life and conversion to Mormonism, his experiences in the Civil War (1861-1865), life in Utah and the Mormon settlements in eastern Arizona, and missionary activities in New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, and Great Britain.

Dates: 1922

Abraham H. Cannon certificate

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230334127]
Identifier: MSS 1116
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a printed and handwritten certificate stating that Cannon is a member of the Genealogical Society of Utah. The item was signed by the Mormon Apostle, Franklin D. Richards.

Dates: 1895

Abraham H. Cannon diaries

Identifier: Vault MSS 62
Scope and Contents Nineteen volumes of diaries kept by Abraham H. Cannon from 1879 to 1895. Abraham begins his diary when he leaves his family in Utah to serve a three-year mission to Europe for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He writes of his life as a missionary in England and Germany, his return to farm life, and details of his daily life, such as the birth of children, his duties in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, his occupation, and current world events. Includes details of his...
Dates: 1879-1895; approximately 1969

Abraham H. Cannon letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230320183]
Identifier: MSS SC 2192
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter dated 16 July 1892. Cannon turns over the rights of his stock and booklets to Zions Savings Bank and Trust Co.

Dates: 1892

Abraham H. Cannon letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230322403]
Identifier: MSS SC 2341
Scope and Contents

Typewritten letters signed by A H. Cannon. Cannon writes to Levi Alexander Colvin in both letters requesting payments for some business transactions.

Dates: 1893-1895

Abraham H. Cannon notebook

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230334465]
Identifier: MSS 1071
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of handwritten notes. The materials are various notes, anecdotes, reminiscences, observations on various matters, and gems of thought.

Dates: 1893

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 6
Church Government 5
Diaries 5
Letters 3
Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce 2