Abraham H. Cannon

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Abraham H. Cannon
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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 7, 1889 (1889-10-07) – July 19, 1896 (1896-07-19)
LDS Church Apostle
October 7, 1889 (1889-10-07) – July 19, 1896 (1896-07-19)
Reason Excommunication of Albert Carrington; death of John Taylor and reorganization of the 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)
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
40°46′37.92″N 111°51′28.8″W / 40.7772000°N 111.858000°W / 40.7772000; -111.858000
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[edit]

Cannon was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. His parents were George Q. Cannon, a Latter Day Saints apostle, and Elizabeth Hoagland, daughter of 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. 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 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[edit]

On October 9, 1882, Cannon became a member of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy of the church.

On October 7, 1889, church president Wilford Woodruff named Cannon 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.


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



  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: Andrew Jenson History Company. pp. 167–168. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ [1]

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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