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Abraham H. Cannon


Abraham H. Cannon

Abraham H. Cannon
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 7, 1889 (1889-10-07) – July 19, 1896 (1896-07-19)
Called by Wilford Woodruff
LDS Church Apostle
October 7, 1889 (1889-10-07) – July 19, 1896 (1896-07-19)
Called by Wilford Woodruff
Reason Excommunication of First Presidency; death of Erastus Snow[1]
at end of term
Matthias F. Cowley and Abraham O. Woodruff ordained[2]
First Seven Presidents of the Seventy
October 8, 1882 (1882-10-08) – October 7, 1889 (1889-10-07)
Called by John Taylor
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Personal details
Born Abraham Hoagland Cannon
(1859-03-12)March 12, 1859
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Died July 19, 1896(1896-07-19) (aged 37)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
Spouse(s) Sarah A. Jenkins
Wilhelmina Mousley
Mary E. C. Young
Lilian Hamlin
Parents George Q. Cannon
Elizabeth Hoagland

Abraham Hoagland Cannon (also reported as Abram H. Cannon) (March 12, 1859 – July 19, 1896) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).


  • Personal history 1
    • Marriages 1.1
    • Publisher 1.2
    • LDS Church service 1.3
    • Death 1.4
  • Published works 2
  • References 3
  • External resources 4

Personal history

Cannon was born in Abraham Hoagland.[3]

Cannon studied at Deseret University. Later, he studied architecture under Obed Taylor.[3]


Cannon married Sarah A. Jenkins on October 16, 1878. Like many early Latter-day Saints, Cannon practiced plural marriage. He married his second wife, Wilhelmina Mousley, on October 15, 1879. On March 17, 1886, Cannon was convicted under the Edmunds Act of unlawful cohabitation and sentenced to six months' imprisonment, which he served in full, and a fine of $300.[3] Despite this conviction, Cannon married his third and fourth wives—Mary E. C. Young on January 11, 1887, and Lilian Hamblin on June 17, 1890.

Cannon was pardoned in 1894 by U.S. President Grover Cleveland.[4]


In 1882, at the age of 23, Cannon assumed business control of the Juvenile Instructor and associated publications. He continued his management until his death.[3]

In October 1892, Cannon and his brother John Q. Cannon took control of the Deseret News publishing. He also became the editor and publisher of The Contributor.[3]

LDS Church service

On October 9, 1882, Cannon was called to be a member of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy of the church.

On October 7, 1889, church president Wilford Woodruff called Cannon as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was ordained an apostle on that date by Joseph F. Smith. Cannon served in this capacity until his death.


For some time previous to his death, Cannon suffered from severe headaches. In 1896, he underwent a number of operations for ear troubles; however, general inflammation occurred which resulting in his death on July 19, 1896, at the age of 37 in Salt Lake City.[3]

Published works

  • Cannon, Abraham H. (1886). Questions and answers on the Book of Mormon: Designed and prepared especially for the use of the Sunday schools in Zion.  
  • Horne, Dennis B., ed. (2004). An Apostle’s Record: The Journals of Abraham H. Cannon. Gnolaum Books.  
  • Cannon, Abraham H. (1879–1883). Mormon Missionary Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon vol. 1-3. Harold B. Lee Library. 


  1. ^ Cannon, Marriner W. Merrill, and Anthon H. Lund were called as apostles at the same time to fill three vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
  2. ^ Cowley and Woodruff filled two vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve occasioned by Cannon's death and Moses Thatcher's removal from the Quorum.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Jenson, Andrew (1901). Latter-day Saint biographical encyclopedia: A compilation of biographical sketches of prominent men and women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Andrew Jenson History Company (Printed by The Deseret News). pp. 167–168. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ [2]
  • Edwin Brown Firmage and R. Collin Mangrum (2001). Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830–1900 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press) ISBN 0-252-06980-3
  • B. Carmon Hardy (1992). Solemn Covenant: The Mormon Polygamous Passage (Urbana: University of Illinois Press) ISBN 0-252-01833-8
  • "Swears Mormon Chiefs Broke Polygamy Pact; Apostle Cannon's Widow Tells of Plural Marriage in 1896", New York Times, 1904-12-15
  • Richard S. Van Wagoner (1992, 2d ed.). Mormon Polygamy: A History (Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books) ISBN 0-941214-79-6

External resources

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Anthon H. Lund
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 7, 1889 – July 19, 1896
Succeeded by
Matthias F. Cowley
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