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Abraham H. Cannon journals, 1881-1895

 Sub-Series — Carton: 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.


  • 1881-1895


Conditions Governing Access

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 Donald Q. Cannon faculty and family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Abraham H. Cannon (1859-1896) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and manager of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the late 1800s.

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. 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.


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