Abraham Hoagland

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Abraham Hoagland
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Personal details
Born (1797-03-24)March 24, 1797
Hillsborough Township, New Jersey
Died February 14, 1872(1872-02-14) (aged 74)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Spouse(s) Margaret Quick
Agnes Taylor
Hester Loose
Rebecca Merrill

Abraham Lucas Hoagland (March 24, 1797 – February 14, 1872) was an early Mormon leader, pioneer, and one of the founders of Royal Oak, Michigan, and Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Early life[edit]

Hoagland was born on March 24, 1797, in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey. He apprenticed as a blacksmith and moved to Michigan, where he became a prosperous blacksmith and farmer and helped settle present-day Royal Oak. While in Michigan, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1841.[1]

Church service[edit]

In 1843, he moved his family to Nauvoo, Illinois, where Joseph Smith ordained him an elder.[1] Orson Pratt and Wilford Woodruff ordained him a bishop in Winter Quarters, Nebraska after the saints were driven from Nauvoo. In 1853 and 1857, Hoagland was elected an alderman of Salt Lake City.[2] When Brigham Young sent John Murdock to open a mission in Australia in 1851, Hoagland took his place as bishop of the 14th ward in Salt Lake City,[1][3] where he chose Wilford Woodruff's first wife, Phoebe, as the ward's first Relief Society president.[4]

Family and personal life[edit]

Hoagland began practicing plural marriage in 1847 when he married Agnes Taylor, the younger sister of later church president John Taylor. They divorced in 1861.[5] Hoagland was the grandfather of Abraham H. Cannon and the father-in-law of both William Whitaker Taylor and George Q. Cannon.[6] He was a member of Wilford Woodruff's prayer circle.[7] He died of pneumonia on February 14, 1872, in Salt Lake City.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Little, Elder James A. The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star. Vol. XXXIV, 1872, p. 174.
  2. ^ Tullidge, Edward W. History of Salt Lake City. Star Printing Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1886, p. 869.
  3. ^ Whitney, Orson F. History of Utah: Comprising Preliminary Chapters on the Previous History of Her Founders. Published by G.Q. Cannon, 1904, p. 104.
  4. ^ Augusta Joyce Crocheron. Representative Women of Deseret. J. C. Graham & Co., 1884, p. 38.
  5. ^ Summary of Abraham Hoagland Journals: 1857 to 1870. George Q. Cannon Family Association, p. 5. [1] Accessed 17 August 2007.
  6. ^ United States Congressional Serial Set. United States Government Printing Office, 1876, 9.
  7. ^ Hughes, Richard Thomas. The Primitive Church in the Modern World. University of Illinois Press, 1995, p. 192. ISBN 0-252-02194-0.