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1. Brigham Young – Brigham Young was an American leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and a settler of the Western United States. He was the second President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1847 until his death in 1877 and he founded Salt Lake City and he served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Young also led the foundings of the precursors to the University of Utah, Young was dubbed by his followers the Lion of the Lord for his bold personality and was also commonly called Brother Brigham by Latter-day Saints. Young was a polygamist and was involved in controversies regarding black people and the Priesthood, the Utah War, and the Mountain Meadows massacre. Young was born to John Young and Abigail Nabby Howe, a family in Whitingham, Vermont. Young was first married in 1824 to Miriam Angeline Works, though he had converted to the Methodist faith in 1823, Young was drawn to Mormonism after reading the Book of Mormon shortly after its publication in 1830. He officially joined the new church in 1832 and traveled to Upper Canada as a missionary, after his wife died in 1832, Young joined many Mormons in establishing a community in Kirtland, Ohio. In 1844, while in jail awaiting trial for treason charges, Joseph Smith, several claimants to the role of church president emerged during the succession crisis that ensued. Young opposed this reasoning and motion, the majority in attendance were persuaded that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was to lead the church with Young as the Quorums president. Many of Youngs followers would later reminisce that while Young spoke to the congregation, he looked or sounded exactly like Smith, Young was ordained President of the Church in December 1847, three and a half years after Smiths death. Rigdon became the president of a church organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Repeated conflict led Young to relocate his group of Latter-day Saints to the Salt Lake Valley, Young organized the journey that would take the Mormon pioneers to Winter Quarters, Nebraska, in 1846, then to the Salt Lake Valley. By the time Young arrived at the destination, it had come under American control as a result of war with Mexico. Young arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24,1847, Youngs expedition was one of the largest and one of the best organized westward treks. On August 22,29 days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, after three years of leading the church as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Young reorganized a new First Presidency and was declared president of the church on December 27,1847. As colonizer and founder of Salt Lake City, Young was appointed the territorys first governor, during his time as prophet, Young directed the establishment of settlements throughout present-day Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, California and parts of southern Colorado and northern Mexico. Young was also one of the first to subscribe to Union Pacific stock, Young organized the first legislature and established Fillmore as the territorys first capital. Young organized a Board of Regents to establish a university in the Salt Lake Valley and it was established on February 28,1850, as the University of Deseret, its name was eventually changed to the University of Utah
2. Elijah Abel – Elijah Abel was one of the earliest African-American members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was the first African-American elder and seventy in the Latter Day Saint movement, Abel was also the first and one of the few black members in the early history of the church to receive the priesthood. Abel was born in Maryland on July 25 to Delila Williams and it is unclear what year he was born. Some sources put the year at 1808, others at 1810, Abels mother was a slave from South Carolina, and his family later moved to Canada, possibly by way of the underground railroad. He was baptized into the church in September 1832 by Ezekiel Roberts, soon after, Abel moved to Kirtland, Ohio to live with the main body of Latter-day Saints. Elijah Abel was ordained an elder of the church March 3,1836, some sources state that Abel was ordained by Joseph Smith, while other records indicate that he was ordained to the priesthood by Zebedee Coltrin. Six months after his ordination, Abel was made a member of the Seventies Quorum on December 20,1836, at this time he was also given his patriarchal blessing from Joseph Smith, Sr. The common practice when giving patriarchal blessings was to declare an individual to be a descendant of a tribe of Israel. Abel, however, was declared an orphan, but promised Thou shalt be made equal to thy brethren, during the late 1830s, Abel worked as a missionary in New York and Canada. In June 1838, while Abel was serving in St. Lawrence County, New York, also at that time, Abel was accused by non-Mormons of murdering a mother and five children. Abel was never convicted of crime, but his missionary travels were often punctuated with similar troubles. Abel moved from Kirtland to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1839, while living in Nauvoo, Abel continued to perform many duties for the church. One such duty was performing baptisms for the dead, of which Abel is known to have performed at least two, one for a friend John F. Lancaster and for his mother, another of Abels duties included acting as a mortician at the request of Joseph Smith. Abel also worked in Nauvoo as a carpenter, and it is clear that while Abel was in Nauvoo he was acquainted with Joseph Smith. In 1842 Abel moved again, this time to Cincinnati, Ohio, here he continued to be a carpenter and married Mary Ann Adams. Abel acted as a leader of the church in Cincinnati, and was recognized as such by Joseph Smith, who stated Go to Cincinnati. And find an educated negro, who rides in his carriage, not all church leaders were as accepting of Abel, however. Apostles Orson Pratt and Heber C, kimball supported Pages statements, and when Abel was called to his second mission he was instructed to visit and teach only the coloured population
3. Thomas S. Monson – Thomas Spencer Monson is an American religious leader, author, and the sixteenth and current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As president, Monson is considered by adherents of the religion to be a prophet, seer, a printer by trade, Monson has spent most of his life engaged in various church leadership positions and public service. Monson is a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, Monson is chairman of the Boards of Trustees/Education of the Church Educational System, and Ronald Reagan appointed him to the U. S. Presidents Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives. Monson married Frances Beverly Monson in the Salt Lake Temple in 1948, Frances Monson died on May 17,2013. Monson was born on August 21,1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to G. Spencer Monson, the second of six children, he grew up in a tight-knit family—many of his mothers relatives living on the same street and the extended family frequently vacationing together. The familys neighborhood included several residents of Mexican descent, an environment in which he says he developed a love for the Mexican people, Monson often spent weekends with relatives on their farms in Granger, and as a teenager, he worked at a printing business his father managed. From 1940 to 1944, Monson attended West High School in Salt Lake City, in the fall of 1944, he enrolled at the University of Utah. Around this time he met his wife, Frances, whose family came from a higher social class on the east side of the city. Her father, Franz Johnson, felt a connection because Monsons great uncle had baptized him into the LDS Church in Sweden. In 1945, Monson joined the United States Naval Reserve and anticipated participating in World War II in the Pacific theater and he was sent to San Diego, California, for training, but was not stationed overseas before the end of the war. His tour of duty lasted six months beyond the end of the war, Monson graduated cum laude in 1948 with a bachelors degree in business management. Monson did not serve a mission as a youth, at age 21, on October 7,1948, he married Frances Beverly Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple. The couple eventually had three children, Thomas Lee, Ann Frances, and Clark Spencer, after college he rejoined the Naval Reserve with the aim of becoming an officer. Shortly after receiving his commission acceptance letter, his local bishop asked him to serve as a counselor in the bishopric, time conflicts with bishopric meetings would have made Navy service impossible. After discussion with church apostle Harold B, Lee, Monson declined the commission and applied for a discharge. The Navy granted his discharge in the last group processed before the Korean War, Lee set him apart six months later as a bishop—mentioning in the blessing that he likely would not have been called if he had accepted the commission. Monson briefly taught at the University of Utah, then began a career in publishing and his first job was with the Deseret News, where he became an advertising executive. He joined the operations at the Newspaper Agency Corporation at its formation in 1952
4. Charles H. Hart – Charles Henry Hart was a general authority and a member of the First Council of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hart also served as president of the Canadian Mission of the LDS Church from 1927 to 1930, Hart was born at Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho Territory. When he was called as a member of the First Council of the Seventy in April 1906 he became the first general authority born in Idaho and he died from pneumonia at Salt Lake City, Utah. Deseret News Church Almanac,2005 ed. p.72
5. Wayne Owens – Douglas Wayne Owens was a member of the United States House of Representatives for Utahs 2nd congressional district from 1973 to 1975 and again from 1987 to 1993. Owens undergraduate education was interrupted while he served as missionary to France for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1957 to 1960, in France, he met his future wife, Marlene, a fellow missionary for the church. Owens reportedly worked his way through college and law school by washing dishes at the Bryce Canyon Café. He then worked as a lawyer in practice and as a staffer for three United States Senators, Frank Moss of Utah, Robert F. Kennedy of New York. In 1972, he was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives as a Democrat by walking for Congress throughout the district to meet voters personally and he unseated incumbent Republican Sherman P. Lloyd with 55% of the vote. In 1984, Owens lost the Utah gubernatorial race to Republican Norman H. Bangerter, but was re-elected to the House in 1986 and served through 1992 and that year, he was defeated by a wider margin than expected by Bob Bennett. Owens was embarrassed that year by his involvement in the House banking scandal, following his Senate defeat, he retired to semi-private life but remained a tireless proponent for the causes he had championed in the U. S. Congress. He always considered his vote, along with the votes of his fellow freshman congressmen, on December 18,2002, Owens suffered a fatal heart attack in Tel Aviv, Israel while on a trip to further the cause of Middle East peace. In the 2014 congressional elections, Wayne Owens son, Doug Owens and he was defeated by Republican Mia Love. Provo, Utah, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University
6. Mark E. Petersen – Mark Edward Petersen was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1944 until his death. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he filled the vacancy in the Quorum caused by the excommunication of Richard R. Lyman, Petersen had become managing editor of the church-owned Deseret News in 1935 and editor in 1941. As a young boy, Petersen was a carrier. Later, he attended the University of Utah and served a mission for the LDS Church in Nova Scotia. In pursuing a career, he became a reporter for the Deseret News and continued working for the paper for sixty years, advancing to the position of president, Petersen wrote numerous editorials and published more than forty books and many pamphlets used in the church’s missionary effort. In April 1944, while serving as manager of the Deseret News. In his calling as an apostle, he directed the public information programs. He was an adviser to the Relief Society, the Indian Affairs Committee, and he served as president of the West European Mission for more than six years. Petersen was also involved in community affairs. He was closely associated with the Boy Scouts of America and was a recipient of the Silver Antelope Award. In 1959, in response to a rash of arrests of gay men in Utah and Idaho, church president David O. McKay assigned apostles Spencer W. Kimball and Petersen to work on curing gays within the church. At Brigham Young University on August 27,1954, at the Convention of Teachers of Religion on the College Level, Petersen delivered the speech, the speech outlined the religious underpinnings of racial segregation and supported its continued practice as it related to intermarriage between blacks and whites. In the 1940s, Petersen coined the term Mormon fundamentalist to describe people who had left the LDS Church to practice plural marriage, Petersen died from longstanding complications of cancer after entering Cottonwood Hospital in Murray, Utah, and undergoing surgery. He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret Book. Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret Book, Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret Book. Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret Book, Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret Book. Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret Book, Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret Book. Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret Book, Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret Book
7. Eugene E. Campbell – Eugene Edward Gene Campbell was an American professor of history at Brigham Young University. Campbell was born and raised in Tooele, Utah, in a working-class Latter-day Saint family, Edward Campbell, when Campbell was fourteen, his father, who was a railroad engineer, died suddenly. His mother was active in the community and her position as county treasurer helped the family survive the Great Depression. Following his 1933 graduation from Tooele High School, his interest in sports led him to attend Snow Junior College in Ephraim and he was not very active in sports and student government and received his Associate of Arts degree in 1935. Then he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Eastern Canada, after returning home in 1937 and studying history at the University of Utah, Campbell received his bachelors degree in history with honors in 1939 and his masters degree in 1940. In 1939, Campbell married Beth Larsen, whom he knew in school and had dated for seven years. After teaching LDS Seminary part-time for a year, Campbell became an instructor from 1940 to 1944 in Wayne County, Utah. From 1944 to 1946, during World War II, Campbell served in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Army as a First Lieutenant and he attended Chaplains School at Harvard University and was assigned to the 71st Infantry Division and received two battle stars. Campbell completed his Ph. D. at the University of Southern California in 1952, after completing his education, Campbell taught at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, until joining the history faculty of BYU from 1956 to 1980. He also taught history at the Church College of Hawaii, while on leave from BYU in 1967–68, Campbell was also involved in the larger historical community. In 1965 he was one of the co-founders of the Mormon History Association, served as its first vice president, Arrington, LeRoy Hafen and Juanita Brooks. Campbell was a member of the Danforth Associates and the Western History Association, the following is a list of Campbells published work, Fielding, R. Kent, Eugene E. Campbell. The United States, An Interpretive History, Campbell, Eugene E. Richard D. Poll. Gowans, Fred R. Eugene E. Campbell, fort Bridger, Island in the Wilderness. Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University Press, fort Supply, Brigham Youngs Green River Experiment. Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University Publications, Poll, Richard D. Miller, David E. Campbell, Eugene E. Alexander, Thomas G. eds. Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University Press, roylance, Ward J. Eugene E. Campbell. Utah, A Guide to the State, Salt Lake City, Utah, A Guide to the State Foundation
8. Joseph Young – Joseph Young was an early convert to the Latter Day Saint movement and was a missionary and longtime general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a brother of Brigham Young. Young was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the child born to John Young. In 1830, while he was a preacher for the Methodist Church in Upper Canada, later in April 1832, Joseph was ordained to the priesthood office of elder by Ezra Landon. Immediately following his ordination, Young began a mission for the church, preaching in New York and Upper Canada in the spring and summer of 1832 with his brother Phineas. In November 1832, Young joined the gathering of Latter Day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, where he met Joseph Smith, the founder of the church. Shortly after arriving in Kirtland, Smith asked Young to depart on another mission for the church to Upper Canada, on February 18,1834, Young married Jane Adeline Bicknell in Geneseo, New York. The couple would eventually have eleven children, Young accompanied Joseph Smith and others in a journey to Independence, Missouri, in 1834 as part of Zions Camp. In 1835, Smith selected Young to be one of the leaders of the Seventy of the church, Young was ordained to the office of Seventy on February 28 and was ordained as one of the seven presidents of the First Quorum of the Seventy on March 1. After it was discovered that the president of the Seventy, Hazen Aldrich, had previously been ordained to the office of high priest. As a result, Young became the senior or seventh president of the Seventy and he would retain this position in the church from 1835 until his death. Young participated in significant events in early Latter Day Saint history. He was present at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple in 1836, Young was also present at Hauns Mill, Missouri, when it was attacked by those who opposed the Mormon presence in Missouri. He left Missouri with the Latter Day Saints in consequence of the order which had been issued by Lilburn W. Boggs. Young received his endowment in Nauvoo, Illinois, on February 3,1844 and he was selected by Smith as an inaugural member of the Council of Fifty on March 1,1844. When Smith was killed on June 27,1844, Young was campaigning in Ohio on behalf of Smiths bid for the presidency of the United States, like many early Latter Day Saints, Young practiced plural marriage. On January 16,1846, he was married to Lucinda Allen and Lydia Caroline Hagar, soon to follow was Mary Ann Huntley on February 6,1846. Later, on 7 April 1868 he married Sarah Jane Snow, Young would eventually father a total of ten children with his plural wives
9. Phineas Young – Phineas Howe Young was a prominent early convert in the Latter Day Saint movement and was later a Mormon pioneer and a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Phineas Young was a brother of Brigham Young, who was the president of the LDS Church. Young was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the child of John Young. Early in his life, Phineas was a Methodist preacher, in 1830, Young was contacted by Samuel H. Smith, a missionary in the recently established Latter Day Saint movement. Smith gave Young a copy of the Book of Mormon and told him that it had translated from ancient records by his brother Joseph Smith. Young undertook a study of the book and eventually passed it on to others in his family, including his brothers Brigham, Joseph. On April 5,1832, Young and his brother John were baptized into the Latter Day Saint Church of Christ and his brother Joseph was baptized the next day and Brigham Young was baptized approximately one week later. Phineas wife Clarissa was also baptized about this same time, shortly after their baptisms, Phineas Young and Joseph Young became ordained elders in the church began preaching as missionaries in New York and Upper Canada. While not on missions, Young lived with the Latter Day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio and Far West, in 1835, the Three Witnesses selected Young as one of the inaugural members of the Quorum of the Twelve. However, church president Joseph Smith insisted that his brother William Smith be selected in place of Young, in 1840, Young moved to Scott County, Illinois when the Latter Day Saints were expelled from Missouri. By 1841 he had relocated to Nauvoo, later in 1841, Young served a mission to Cincinnati and its environs with Franklin D. Richards. Young was married to Lucy, the half-sister of Oliver Cowdery, after Cowdery was excommunicated from the church in 1838, Young wrote him several letters pleading with him to come back into the church. Young was present in Richmond, Missouri when Cowdery died, Young testified that Cowderys last statements were on the truth of Mormonism as revealed through Joseph Smith. After Joseph Smith was killed in 1844, Young joined the majority of Latter Day Saints in accepting the leadership of Brigham Young, Phineas Young was among the first Mormon pioneer company to reach the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847. In this company, Young served as a captain of ten, Young settled in Salt Lake City. He went on to become a missionary in England, in 1853, he became the second counselor to David Fullmer in the presidency of the Salt Lake Stake of the church. From 1864 through 1871 Young served as the bishop of the Salt Lake City 2nd Ward, in Utah Territory, Young worked as a printer, saddler and contractor. Young died in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory at the age of 80, encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History p.1383 Phineas Young at Find a Grave Mackay, Eleanor White
10. Almon W. Babbitt – Almon Whiting Babbitt was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement, a Mormon pioneer, and the first secretary and treasurer of the Territory of Utah. He was killed in a raid by Cheyenne Native Americans in Nebraska Territory while travelling on government business between Utah and Washington, D. C, Babbitt was born in Cheshire, Massachusetts. He graduated from Ohio State University at Cincinnati and became licensed to practice law in six states and he married Julia Ann Johnson on 23 November 1833 and is thought to have joined the Latter Day Saint church sometime in 1833. In 1834, he was a member of Zions Camp, and on 28 February 1835 he was ordained as one of the first seventies in the church by Joseph Smith, in 1837 and 1838, Babbitt was a missionary for the church in Upper Canada. He attempted to move to Missouri in 1838 but was among the Latter Day Saints who were out by unfriendly residents, eventually settling in Nauvoo. At a conference of the church in May 1839, Babbitt, in 1841, Babbitt was appointed as the president of the churchs Kirtland Stake, where he was charged with shepherding the Latter Day Saints who did not have the financial resources to move to Nauvoo. In 1843, Babbitts tenure ended in Kirtland and he began practicing law in Nauvoo. While in Nauvoo, Babbitt was also selected by Joseph Smith, in 1844, Babbitt was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. In February 1846, Babbitt, Joseph L. Heywood and John S. Fullmer were together given charge over the affairs of the church in Nauvoo after the departure of the church apostles. After the Battle of Nauvoo in September 1846, Babbitt and the two men signed the treaty that surrendered the city of Nauvoos charter. In 1848, Babbitt emigrated to Utah Territory to join the gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Utah, Babbitt, a Democrat, became involved in politics. In 1849, he was selected by the provisional General Assembly of the State of Deseret to travel to Washington, D. C. instead, the federal government created the Territory of Utah and in 1853 Babbitt was appointed secretary and treasurer of the territory. In this position, Babbitt had frequent clashes with Brigham Young, the territorial governor and these clashes have been attributed in part to Babbitts tendency to view himself as a representative of the United States federal government rather than an enabler of Youngs pro-LDS Church policies. Babbitt led a company of Mormon pioneers to Utah in 1851, in addition to his clashes with Brigham Young, Babbitt was involved in a number of conflicts with Latter Day Saint leaders from his early days in the church. On 19 August 1835, Babbitt brought before the high council on charges that included not keeping the Word of Wisdom. The council reproved him and instructed him to observe the Word of Wisdom, on 28 December 1835, Joseph Smith, Jr. submitted a complaint before the churchs high council that Babbitt had been misrepresenting him to a number of Latter Day Saints. Babbitt claimed that Smith was angry with him because he had bested him in a debate, the council decided that Babbitt had spoken falsehoods against Smith, Babbitt confessed that he had done wrong, but refused to confess that he had lied, and the matter was closed. Later, Babbitt was disfellowshipped from the four separate times, in 1839,1841,1843, and 1851
11. Richard Bushman – Richard Lyman Bushman is an American historian and Gouverneur Morris Professor of History emeritus at Columbia University. He was the Howard W. Hunter Visiting Professor in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University from 2008 to 2011 and he also serves as one of three general editors of the Joseph Smith Papers. Richard Bushman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of a department store executive, Bushman received BA, MA, and PhD degrees in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University, where he studied with distinguished early American historian Bernard Bailyn. Bushman taught at Harvard University, Brigham Young University, Boston University, during the 2007-08 academic year, Bushman served as the Howard W. Hunter Visiting Professor in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University and held a Huntington Library fellowship. Bushman married fellow historian Claudia Lauper Bushman on August 19,1955 and they are the parents of six children. Bushman is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, bushmans scholarship includes studies of early American social, cultural, and political history, American religious history, and the history of the LDS Church, and his books have won numerous awards. Bushman has also received the Phi Alpha Theta prize, and Evans Biography Awards, in 2006, Bushman received the Mormon History Associations annual 2006 Best Book award for his biography Joseph Smith, Rough Stone Rolling. Bushman has held Guggenheim, Huntington, National Humanities Center, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, from Puritan to Yankee, character and the social order in Connecticut, 1690-1765. ISBN 0-674-32551-6 Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism, ISBN 0-252-01143-0 Great Awakening, Documents on the Revival of Religion, 1740-1745. Institute Of Early American History, University of North Carolina Press, ISBN 0-8078-4260-5 King and People in Provincial Massachusetts. University of North Carolina Press, textbook reprint 1992, ISBN 0-8078-4398-9 The Refinement of America, Persons, Houses, Cities. ISBN 0-679-74414-2 Building the Kingdom, A History of Mormons in America, ISBN 0-19-515022-8 Believing History, Latter-Day Saint Essays, Edited by Jed Woodworth. ISBN 0-231-13006-6 Joseph Smith, Rough Stone Rolling, ISBN 1-4000-4270-4 The Mormon History Associations Tanner Lectures, with Dean L. May, Reid L. Neilson, Thomas G. Alexander, Jan Shipps. ISBN 0-252-07288-X On the Road with Joseph Smith, An Authors Diary, ISBN 978-1-58958-102-9 Mormonism, A Very Short Introduction. ISBN 0-19-531030-6 Latter Day Saint Historians Mormonism and history Grant Underwood et al, a Retrospective on the Scholarship of Richard Bushman, Dialogue, A Journal of Mormon Thought 44#3 pp 1+. “Richard Lyman Bushman, the Story of Joseph Smith and Mormonism, and the New Mormon History” Biography at Joseph Smith Papers Project website
12. Edwin Q. Cannon – Edwin Quayle Ted Cannon, Jr. was a Utah politician and businessman and was a prominent leader and missionary in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cannon was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Edwin Q and he was born at his parents home because of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Cannons paternal grandfather was George Q, Cannon, a Mormon pioneer and prominent leader in the LDS Church. Cannon was raised in Salt Lake City, in 1937, Cannon went on a mission for the LDS Church to Nazi Germany. He was president of a branch of the church in Berlin in 1939 when the LDS Church evacuated its missionaries from Europe at the beginning of World War II, Cannon finished his mission in eastern Canada and returned to Utah in 1940. In 1941, Cannon married Janath Russell in the Salt Lake Temple, in 1942, Cannon graduated with a bachelors degree from the University of Utah and in 1943 graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA degree. After graduating, he managed a Cannon family business, the Salt Lake Stamp Company, in 1948, Cannon was elected as a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives for Salt Lake County. He was re-elected in 1956 and 1958 and served three full terms, from 1964 to 1971, Cannon was a bishop of the LDS Church in Salt Lake City. From 1971 to 1974, he was the president of the Switzerland Mission of the church, Bateman to assess the prospects for church missionary work and growth in black Africa. After Bateman and Cannon reported the results of their trip, Cannon and his wife were called, they—along with Rendell and Rachel Mabey—preached in Nigeria and Ghana, baptized hundreds of converts, and established 35 branches and 5 districts of the LDS Church in Nigeria and Ghana. The first convert baptized in Africa was Anthony Obinna, in the late 1980s, Cannon and his wife were the directors of the LDS Churchs visitors centre in Nauvoo, Illinois. After his interim service as president, Cannon was the second president of the Frankfurt Germany Temple from 1989 to 1992. Cannon died at and was buried in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Dawning of a Brighter Day, The Church in Black Africa ISBN 0-87579-338-X Edwin Q. Cannon Jr. businessman, dies, Deseret Morning News, 2005-04-09, Cannon, Jr. biography from Switzerland Zurich Mission alumni page Edwin Q