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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 notebooks

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4007
Scope and Contents This notebook contains quotes, written in the hand of Abraham H. Cannon and another unidentified writer. The front cover shows the inscription: "Geo. Q. Cannon, Gt. Salt Lake City, Utah Ter., Feb. 8/66." All subsequent writing appears to be written by Abraham H. Cannon. The second to last page reveals new handwriting and records the date as 3 August 1916. Located in the back cover is a certificate of birth for Willard Leslie Cannon, signed by Joseph Fielding Smith, Historian of the Church...
Dates: 1866-1942

William Bowker Preston letter and receipts

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230335942]
Identifier: MSS 1241
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and typewritten letter and receipts. Preston writes to John M. Cannon, administrator of the estate of A. H. Cannon. Preston states that the account of A. H. Cannon still owes $841.98 to the Bishops' General Storehouse.

Dates: 1893-1896

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Collection 8
Digital Record 3
Archival Object 1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 6
Church Government 5
Diaries 5
Letters 3
Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce 2