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Executive Committee memorandum to W. H. Hooper

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9066

Scope and Contents

Three-page document from the executive committee of the National Immigration Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, addressed to William H. Hooper, U.S. Representative from Utah Territory. The memorandum summarizes recent Congressional measures pertaining to immigration, and requests Hooper's support of these laws being passed to improve immigration to the United States. Endorsed by William C. Staines, Utah Emigration Agent on a back panel. Endorsement dated April 29, 1871.


  • 1871 April 29


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the National Immigration Convention executive committee memorandum to W. H. Hooper must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Dr. Edward Morwitz (1815-1893) was a physician, inventor and journalist who emigrated from Prussia and settled in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850.

Dr. Edward Morwitz was born on June 12, 1815, in Danzig, Prussia, to parent Rebecca Morwitz. He graduated with a medical degree from the University of Berlin in 1840 and practiced medicine until the Prussian Revolutions of 1848. Due to his political participation in the revolutions, Morwitz felt his life was endangered and led him to immigrate to the United States.

Once in the United States, he purchased a German newspaper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania called "Philadelphia Demokrat” in 1853 and became an important political activist. He aided in organizing the German Press Association of Pennsylvania in 1862 and helped in raising funds for German soldiers of the Franco-Prussian War. He participated in many organizations including being the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Immigration Convention.

Morwitz died December 13, 1893, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and buried in the Jewish cemetery of Mt. Sinai.

Biographical History

Mark Richard Mucklé (1825-1915) was a newspaper manager, political activist for the German population, and founder of several organizations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mark Richard Mucklé was born September 10, 1825 to Michael Muckle and Mary Kaiser in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the general manager of the "Public Ledger," a daily Philadelphia newspaper. He was appointed to Governor Bigler's staff as the rank of a Colonel in 1853. He was an activist and founded the German Hospital in 1860, was Vice President of the German society, treasurer of the Relief Society during the Franco-German War, and Chairman of the Memorial Committee in relation to the National Immigration Convention. He was involved with countless other organizations and their founding such as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the German-American Title and Trust Company. He raised $50,000 dollars for the German soldiers’ relief, and was awarded the Order of the Crown the Military Order of the Red Eagle by Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany.

Mucklé married Caroline Seiser and had 3 children. He died on March 30, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative History

The National Immigration Convention (1870-1871) was called by the Governors of the North-Western and Western states in 1870, to create better measure of protection for the emigrants into the United States from fraud and imposition.

Biographical History

William Carter Staines (1818-1881) was a Mormon pioneer, prominent figure in Utah society, and active missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

William Carter Staines was born on September 26, 1818 in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England to Henry Staines and Blanch Freeman. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on November 9, 1841. He immigrated to the United States and trekked to Utah with the pioneers. He was a merchant but laid aside his practice to serve many missions and callings, including the following: Ponca Indians Mission, British Mission, member of the Quorum of the Seventy and Immigration agent for Utah in New York. Staines practiced polygamy and therefore married many times while in Utah.

William Carter Staines died on August 3, 1881 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical History

William Henry Hooper (1813-1882) was a pioneer, successful mercantile business man, and Utah congressman.

William Hooper was born on December 25, 1813 in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland to Henry Hooper and Mary Noel Price. In 1835, he moved to Illinois where he engaged in merchant trading on the Mississippi River. He married Elects Jane Harris there in 1836. She had two duaghters before pasisng away in 1844. In 1850, Hooper trekked to Salt Lake City, Utah where he then married Mary Ann Knowlton on December 24, 1852. Together they had 9 children. Through his first few years in Utah he learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized a member in 1854.

William Henry Hooper was deeply involved in the politics of Utah and served the state through years of political service. He was the secretary of the Territory in 1857 and 1858, then was elected as a Democrat to Congress from 1859-1861. Hooper was then elected to the Senate in 1862 and reelected to Congress from 1865-1873. After finishing his last term, Hooper reentered the business force as superintendent of Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution from 1873-1877 and as its President from 1877-1882.

William Henry Hooper was also the President of the Deseret National Bank, from 1872 until his death on December 30, 1882 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Purchased by The University Companies from the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, New York City as part of Lot 62A being sold on January 28-30, 1975.

Purchased by Brigham Young University in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; The University Companies; January 28-30, 1975. Purchased; BYU; 2017.


LDS and Utah and the American West cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013)

Related Materials

The cover letter for this collection is MSS 843, Perpetual Emigration Fund Company material from National Immigration Convention, 1871 May 4.


3 pages ; 27 x 21 cm.

Processing Information

Processed; Hayley Gorham, student manuscript processor; October 2017.
Register of National Immigration Convention executive committee memorandum to W. H. Hooper
Hayley Gorham
2017 October 10
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States