John Q. Cannon

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John Q. Cannon
Photo of John Q. Cannon
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
October 5, 1884 (1884-10-05) – September 5, 1886 (1886-09-05)
Called by William B. Preston
End reason Excommunicated as a result of a criminal conviction for assault
Personal details
Born John Quayle Cannon
(1857-04-19)April 19, 1857
San Francisco, California, United States
Died January 14, 1931(1931-01-14) (aged 73)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Spouse Elizabeth Wells Cannon
Children 12
Parents George Q. Cannon
Elizabeth Hoagland

John Quayle Cannon (April 19, 1857 – January 14, 1931) was an editor-in-chief of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah and a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He also served as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. He was the son of LDS Apostle George Q. Cannon and Elizabeth Hoagland. He was married to Elizabeth Wells Cannon. He is one of the few general authorities of the LDS Church to have been excommunicated.[1]

Newspaper editor[edit]

From 1889 until 1892, Cannon was the editor of the Ogden Standard. From October 1892 until April 1898, he was the editor in chief of the Deseret News. After the Spanish-American War he returned to work at the Deseret News and served as an executive editor of the newspaper off-and-on until his death.

He was a member of the Utah Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.[citation needed]

Latter-day Saint general authority[edit]

Cannon served as the Second Counselor to William B. Preston, the Presiding Bishop of LDS Church, between 1884 and 1886. On September 5, 1886, Cannon was released from the Presiding Bishopric and excommunicated from the church as a result of a criminal conviction for assault. Cannon was readmitted into the church by baptism on May 6, 1888; however, he never regained his position as a general authority of the church.

Criminal conviction for assault[edit]

In 1886, Cannon became offended at a news story that was printed about him in the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper. Cannon confronted Tribune reporter Joseph Lippman in downtown Salt Lake City and demanded a retraction of the story. When Lippman refused to apologize or to issue a retraction, Cannon punched Lippman and beat him with a whip. Cannon pleaded guilty to the assault and paid a small fine.

Military service[edit]

During the Spanish–American War, Cannon served as the lieutenant colonel (i.e., second-in-command) of the 2nd United States Volunteer Cavalry.

He was a member of the Sons of the Revolution.


Cannon died of myocarditis in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2] He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.


External references[edit]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Robert T. Burton
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
October 5, 1884 – September 5, 1886
Succeeded by
John R. Winder