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George Quayle CANNON Edit Profile

also known as "the Mormon premier","the Mormon Richelieu"

Clergyman , Congressman

George Quayle Cannon, British clergyman, congressman. member Council of Apostles, 1859; member United States House of Representatives from Utah, 43d-47th congresses, 1873-1883.

Background

Cannon, George Quayle was born on January 11, 1827 in Liverpool, England. Son of George and Ann (Quayle) Cannon.

Career

On April 8, 1873, Cannon became a member of the church's First Presidency when he was called as a counselor to Church President Brigham Young. Cannon went on to serve as counselor to three more presidents of the church: he was First Counselor in the First Presidency to Presidents John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff throughout their presidencies and was the First Counselor to Lorenzo Snow until his own death. Editor Western Standard, San Francisco, 1856-1858. Editor Deseret News, Salt Lake City, 1867-1870. Director U.P. R.R

Religion

Mormonism is a form of Christian primitivism that shares a common set of beliefs with the rest of the Latter Day Saint movement, including use of, and belief in, the Bible, as well as other religious texts including the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants.

Politics

On April 8, 1873, Cannon became a member of the church's First Presidency when he was called as a counselor to Church President Brigham Young. Cannon went on to serve as counselor to three more presidents of the church: he was First Counselor in the First Presidency to Presidents John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff throughout their presidencies and was the First Counselor to Lorenzo Snow until his own death.

Although Cannon was the second-most senior apostle of the church after the death of Wilford Woodruff, Cannon did not become President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, as would be the practice in the LDS Church today. Rather, because Cannon was a member of the First Presidency, the church simply appointed the next senior apostle of the church—Brigham Young, Jr.—to be the President of the Quorum. (Under today's practices, Cannon would have been appointed the President of the Quorum and Young would have been appointed the Acting President of the Quorum

Views

polygamy

Quotations: "Our crime has been: We married women instead of seducing them; we reared children instead of destroying them; we desired to exclude from the land prostitution, bastardy and infanticide."

Membership

Member Council of Apostles, 1859. Member United States House of Representatives from Utah, 43d-47th congresses, 1873-1883.

Connections

Married 5 times, including Elizabeth Hoagland.

mother:
Ann (Quayle) Cannon