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- Overview of the Collection
- Content Description
- Use of the Collection
- Administrative Information
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Names and Subjects
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)18422005
- 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.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
- Access Restrictions
Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
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.
Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Donated by the Cincinnati Historical Society and Colorado College, Special Collections.
Processed by Manuscripts Division staff in 1994.
Processed by Roger Paxton in 2015.
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
George Cannon's Journal
George Q. Cannon's Prison Diary
Geoorge Q. Cannon's Hawaii Trip Journal
George Q. Cannon Family Reunion Reminiscences
Grant Cannon, "Prophet, Pioneer, Politician, Prisoner"
Cannon Family Genealogical MaterialsReturn to Top
Cannon Family Genealogy Parts I-VI
Descendants of George Cannon
George Cannon Family Tree and Pedigree Charts
Cannon and Woodbury Family Genealogical MaterialsReturn to Top
Descendants of Angus Munn Cannon
Family of Angus Cannon Woodbury and Diantha Rogers
Descendants of David Henry Cannon
Family of David H. and Josephine Langley Crossgrove Cannon
Family of David H. and Rhoda Ann Knewl Cannon
Family of David H. and Wilhelmina Logan Mousley
Family of George Jeremiah Woodbury and Rowena Romney
Family of Ann Cannon Woodbury and Orin Nelson Woodbury
Family of Frank Bartlett Woodbury and Lilly Druce Lambert
Family of John Taylor Woodbury and Mary Elizabeth Evans Thompson
Family of Melvin Myron Harmon and Alice Cannon Woodbury
Family of Herbert Arthur Barlow and Clara Elizabeth Woodbury
Family of George Washington Worthen and Leonora Cannon Woodbury
Family of Miles Park Romney and Annie Maria Woodbury
Family of George Young Jarvis and Rose Carol Kirkham
Family of Orin Nelson II and Mary Alice Clark
Utah Burial Results
Mormon Migration Materials
Cannon Family Association Materials, 1902-2005Return to Top
George Cannon Family Association: Correspondence and Meeting Minutes
George Cannon Family Association Financial Records
George Cannon Family Association Materials
Nonie N. Sorensen: "'None Shall Stay Them' George and Ann Quayle Cannon "
Isle of Man Materials
Cannon Family Obituaries and Assorted MaterialsReturn to Top
Cannon Family Obituaries
Cannon Family Materials
Excerpts from George Q. Cannon's Journal
Journal of George Q. Cannon
George Q. Cannon
Abraham H. Cannon
Angus M. and Martha H. Cannon
David H. Cannon: Correspondence and Assorted Materials
John Q. Cannon
Sylvester Q. Cannon
Cannon Family Members in the U.S. Military Service
John Q. Cannon
Robert M. Cannon
Cavendish W. Cannon
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Latter Day Saint churches--Apostles
- Latter Day Saints--Biography
- Latter Day Saints--Diaries
- Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901
- Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901--Diaries
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