Herbert J. Foulger diary [photocopy and typescript], 1886  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Foulger, Herbert J., 1848-1920
Herbert J. Foulger diary [photocopy and typescript]
1886 (inclusive)
1 folder, (0.25 linear feet)
Collection Number
The Herbert J. Foulger diary [photocopy and typescript] (1886) was kept by Foulger (1848-1920) while serving time in the Utah State Penitentiary for polygamy. The diary contains a record of his daily activities and the routine and occasional unusual events involving other "bretheren" incarcerated with him.
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Born 10 January 1848 in Islington, London, England, Herbert John Foulger arrived in Utah in October 1863 with the Daniel D. McArthur company. Twenty-two years later, on 31 October 1885, he was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation when the United States government enforcement of the Edmunds law was underway. He was sentenced in February 1886 to six months imprisonment and a $300 fine. He was held in the penitentiary until 2 September 1886. A carpenter, builder, and wholesale grocer, Foulger was the superintendent of the 20th Ward co-op, a bishop's counselor in the 21st Ward, and a member of the High Council in the Ensign Stake. He married Eliza Mary Hazel in 1871 and died in 1920.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Herbert J. Foulger diary [photocopy and typescript] (1886) was kept by Foulger (1848-1920) while serving time in the Utah State Penitentiary for polygamy. Every entry describes the weather, the time he arose and retired, visitors, and daily activities. In addition, many entries tell of "fresh fish," newly arrived bretheren, inspirational meetings, Sunday services, convictions, sentences, and escapes.

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Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Herbert J. Foulger diary [photocopy and typescript], MS 0363, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: MS 0363.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mormons--Diaries
  • Mormons--Polygamy
  • Polygamy--Utah
  • Prisons--Utah
  • Personal Names :
  • Foulger, Herbert J., 1848-1920--Diaries
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries