George Q. Cannon

Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (lds Church) and Five-time Utah Territory's At-large Congressional District
Born Jan 11, 1827

George Quayle Cannon was an early member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and served in the First Presidency under four successive presidents of the church: Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow. He was the church's chief political strategist, and was dubbed "the Mormon premier" and "the Mormon Richelieu" by the press.… Read More

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1827 Birth Born in 1827.
1836 9 Years Old Cannon was born in Liverpool, England, to George Cannon and Ann Quayle, the eldest of six children. His mother and father were from Peel on the Isle of Man. His father's sister, Leonora Cannon, had married future Latter Day Saint apostle John Taylor and was baptized in 1836. … Read More


1842 15 Years Old In 1842, the Cannon family set sail for the United States to join with the church in Nauvoo, Illinois. … Read More
1844 17 Years Old George Sr. married Mary Edwards in 1844 and had another daughter, Elizabeth Cannon (Piggott). … Read More
1845 18 Years Old Cannon's father died in 1845. In 1846, Taylor traveled to England to organize the affairs of the church after Smith's death. … Read More


1847 20 Years Old When Taylor returned, Cannon traveled with the entire Taylor family to the Salt Lake Valley, arriving in October 1847.
1849 22 Years Old In 1849, Cannon was asked by church president Brigham Young to serve as a missionary for the church in the Sandwich Islands (later known as the Kingdom of Hawaii, where he served for four years. … Read More
1856 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Meeting Pratt in California, Cannon was told that he would remain behind and became president of the church's Oregon and California Mission; he held this position from 1856 to 1858. … Read More


1857 30 Years Old Returning to Utah in 1857 to assist in the Utah War, Cannon was commissioned a Lieutenant General in the Nauvoo Legion. … Read More
1860 33 Years Old Cannon was ordained to the priesthood office of apostle on August 26, 1860, at age 33. … Read More
1862 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Cannon's mission in Europe ended when he was recalled by Young in 1862 to work in Washington, D.C., to assist in the church's promotion of Utah Territory's bid for statehood.
1866 39 Years Old In 1866, Cannon began publication of a magazine for youth and young adult Latter-day Saints called The Juvenile Instructor.


1867 40 Years Old …  Cannon also served as the first general superintendent of the church's Sunday School from 1867 until his death.
1872 45 Years Old Cannon was elected to be the non-voting delegate for Utah Territory in the United States Congress in 1872. … Read More
1873 46 Years Old On April 8, 1873, Cannon became a member of the church's First Presidency when he was called as a first counselor in First Presidency by Brigham Young. … Read More


1879 52 Years Old When the Supreme Court upheld the ban on plural marriage in the 1879 Reynolds v. United States decision, Cannon stated:


1888 61 Years Old Eventually, Cannon went "underground" with others in the church leadership as a fugitive from the federal authorities. In September 1888, Cannon surrendered himself and pleaded guilty at trial to charges of unlawful cohabitation under the Edmunds Act. … Read More
1894 67 Years Old Cannon was pardoned in 1894 by U.S. President Grover Cleveland.
1901 74 Years Old 1 More Event
He owned and published this magazine until his death; in 1901 his family sold the magazine to the LDS Church's Sunday School organization.
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