Annie Taylor Hyde

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Annie Taylor Hyde
Photo of Annie T. Hyde
First Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society
November 10, 1901 (1901-11-10) – March 12, 1909 (1909-03-12)[1]
Called by Bathsheba W. Smith
Predecessor Jane S. Richards
Successor Clarissa S. Williams
1st President of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers
In office
April 11, 1901 (1901-04-11) – April 11, 1903 (1903-04-11)[2]
Predecessor First
Successor Alice Merrill Horne
Personal details
Born Anna Maria Ballantyne Taylor
(1849-10-21)October 21, 1849
Salt Lake City, Unorganized territory, United States
Died March 12, 1909(1909-03-12) (aged 59)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Cause of death Stomach cancer
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37″N 111°51′29″W / 40.777°N 111.858°W / 40.777; -111.858
Alma mater University of Deseret
Spouse Alonzo Eugene Hyde
Children 8
Parents John Taylor
Jane Ballantyne

Anna Maria Ballantyne ("Annie") Taylor Hyde (October 21, 1849 – March 12, 1909) was the founder and first president of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and was a women's leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Anna Maria Ballantyne Taylor was born in a Mormon pioneer wagon shortly after her parents, LDS Church Apostle John Taylor and Jane Ballantyne, had arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. Taylor's mother, Jane Ballantyne Taylor, was a sister of Richard Ballantyne, the founder of the LDS Sunday School. Taylor was educated at the University of Deseret; in December 1870, she married Alonzo Eugene Hyde, a son of Orson Hyde, in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.

On April 11, 1901, she invited 54 other women to join her in creating Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, an organization that would "perpetuate the names and achievements of the men, women and children who were the pioneers in founding this commonwealth [Utah]". Hyde was elected the first president of the organization, and she held this position until her death.[3]

Later in 1901, Hyde was asked by Bathsheba W. Smith to become her first counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society, the LDS Church organization of women. Hyde also served in this capacity until her death. As a member of the Relief Society general presidency, Hyde represented the Relief Society at meetings of the National Council of Women.

Annie Taylor Hyde and her husband were the parents of eight children. One of their daughters, Annie Laura Hyde, married Joseph F. Merrill, who later became an apostle in the LDS Church.

Annie Taylor Hyde died in Salt Lake City from stomach cancer, aged 59.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Jane S. Richards
First Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society

November 10, 1901 (1901-11-10)–March 12, 1909 (1909-03-12)
Succeeded by
Clarissa S. Williams
Non-profit organization positions
First 1st President of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers
April 11, 1901 (1901-04-11)–April 11, 1903 (1903-04-11)
Succeeded by
Alice Merrill Horne