George Q. Cannon family papers, 1842-2005

Overview of the Collection

Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901
George Q. Cannon family papers
1842-2005 (inclusive)
2.75 linear feet, (6 boxes)
Collection Number
ACCN 1224
The George Q. Cannon family papers (1842-2005) consist of genealogical materials, journal and diary extracts, obituaries, newspaper clippings, correspondence, family association meeting minutes, and biographical information. George Q. Cannon was a LDS pioneer, president of the Hawaiin LDS mission, delegate from the Utah Territory to the U.S. Congress, and member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church.
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Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

George Q. Cannon was born in Liverpool, England on January 11, 1827. John Taylor, George Q.'s uncle and future president of the L.D.S. Church, baptized him and his family in 1840. After emigrating to the United States, the Cannon family resided in Nauvoo, Illinois, where Cannon was employed as a printer for the "Times and Seasons" and the "Nauvoo Neighbor". John Taylor was the editor of these publicationns. In the autumn of 1847 George Q. joined other persecuted LDS Church members in a trek to Salt Lake City. Brigham Young appointed him in 1849 to lead a mission to the Hawaiian islands where he was instrumental in establishing a LDS community and in translating the Book of Mormon into the native language. Cannon's missionary and publication careers continued when Young chose him to serve as president of the Oregon and California mission in 1856. While living in San Francisco, George Q. collaborated with Parley Pratt in the founding of the "Western Standard". Brigham Young rewarded Cannon for his devoted service to the faith by ordaining him to as a member of the prestigious Council of Twelve Apostles in 1860. Shortly thereafter, he was dispatched to Europe where he served as president of the mission. While living in England, Cannon worked as the editor of "Millenial Star". Subsequent to returning to the United States, George Q. labored as the editor of the "Deseret News", published "The Juvenile Instructor", became the first head of the church's Sunday School program, authored several books of a religious nature, including a work on the life of Joseph Smith, and penned innumerable discourses and editorials. His interest in and commitment to the educational culture of Utah was evidenced in his persuading Brigham Young to create the Brigham Young Academy and in his acting as the chancellor of Deseret University. He was an officer in several business ventures, including the Union Pacific Railroad, Z.C.M.I., Zions Saving Bank and Trust, Utah Power and Light, Utah Sugar, and his family's publishing company.

Following his appointment to the Council of Twelve at the age of 33, Cannon retained and gained the confidence of four L.D.S. prophets during the years of 1860 until 1901. Presidents Young, Taylor, Woodruff, and Snow selected him to serve on the Council of Twelve Apostles and and called him to sit as a counselor in the First Presidency. Cannon also became involved in Utah's political life prior to the federal grant of statehood. A member of the Republican Party, he was Utah's territorial representative to the U.S. Congress for four terms (1873-1881), being denied a fifth term due to the fact that Cannon, the father of thirty-two children, was a polygamist with five wives. In 1888, Cannon entered a plea of guilty to the charge of unlawful cohabitation and spent six months in Utah's federal pentitentiary. George Q. Cannon died in Monterey, California on April 12, 1901.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The George Q. Cannon family papers (1842-2005) consist of genealogical materials, journal and diary extracts, obituaries, newspaper clippings, correspondence, family association meeting minutes, and biographical information.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library's Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Cincinnati Historical Society and Colorado College, Special Collections.

Processing Note

Processed by Manuscripts Division staff in 1994.

Processed by Roger Paxton in 2015.

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to the Multimedia Division (P0450) of Special Collections.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

George Q. Cannon Materials, 1842-1979Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
George Cannon's Journal
1 2
George Q. Cannon's Prison Diary
1 3
Geoorge Q. Cannon's Hawaii Trip Journal
1 4
George Q. Cannon Family Reunion Reminiscences
1 5
Grant Cannon, "Prophet, Pioneer, Politician, Prisoner"

Cannon Family Genealogical MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 1-6
Cannon Family Genealogy Parts I-VI
2 7
Descendants of George Cannon
2 8
Cannon-Gardner Genealogy
2 9
George Cannon Family Tree and Pedigree Charts

Cannon and Woodbury Family Genealogical MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 1
Descendants of Angus Munn Cannon
3 2
Family of Angus Cannon Woodbury and Diantha Rogers
3 3
Descendants of David Henry Cannon
3 4
Family of David H. and Josephine Langley Crossgrove Cannon
3 5
Family of David H. and Rhoda Ann Knewl Cannon
3 6
Family of David H. and Wilhelmina Logan Mousley
3 7
Family of George Jeremiah Woodbury and Rowena Romney
3 8
Family of Ann Cannon Woodbury and Orin Nelson Woodbury
3 9
Family of Frank Bartlett Woodbury and Lilly Druce Lambert
3 10
Family of John Taylor Woodbury and Mary Elizabeth Evans Thompson
3 11
Family of Melvin Myron Harmon and Alice Cannon Woodbury
3 12
Family of Herbert Arthur Barlow and Clara Elizabeth Woodbury
3 13
Family of George Washington Worthen and Leonora Cannon Woodbury
3 14
Family of Miles Park Romney and Annie Maria Woodbury
3 15
Family of George Young Jarvis and Rose Carol Kirkham
3 16
Family of Orin Nelson II and Mary Alice Clark
3 17
Utah Burial Results
3 18
Mormon Migration Materials
3 19

Cannon Family Association Materials, 1902-2005Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1-2
George Cannon Family Association: Correspondence and Meeting Minutes
4 3
George Cannon Family Association Financial Records
4 4
George Cannon Family Association Materials
4 5
Nonie N. Sorensen: "'None Shall Stay Them' George and Ann Quayle Cannon "
4 6-7
Isle of Man Materials

Cannon Family Obituaries and Assorted MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 1-2
Cannon Family Obituaries
5 3-5
Cannon Family Materials
6 1
Excerpts from George Q. Cannon's Journal
6 2
Journal of George Q. Cannon
6 3
George Q. Cannon
6 4
Abraham H. Cannon
6 5
Angus M. and Martha H. Cannon
6 6
David H. Cannon: Correspondence and Assorted Materials
6 7
John Q. Cannon
6 8
Sylvester Q. Cannon
6 9
Cannon Family Members in the U.S. Military Service
6 10
John Q. Cannon
6 11
Robert M. Cannon
6 12
Cavendish W. Cannon
6 13
Assorted Materials

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Latter Day Saint churches--Apostles
  • Latter Day Saints--Biography
  • Latter Day Saints--Diaries

Personal Names

  • Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901
  • Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901--Diaries

Form or Genre Terms

  • Biographies
  • Diaries