Horton D. Haight

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Horton D. Haight
Photo of Horton D. Haight
Utah territorial legislature
In office
Personal details
Born Horton David Haight
(1832-06-20)June 20, 1832
Moravia, New York, United States
Died January 19, 1900(1900-01-19) (aged 67)
Oakley, Idaho, United States
Resting place Oakley Cemetery
42°13′58″N 113°52′27″W / 42.2327°N 113.8742°W / 42.2327; -113.8742 (Oakley Cemetery)
Occupation Sheriff
Employer Davis County
Spouse(s) Louise (née Leavitt) Haight
Parents Hector Caleb Haight
Julia Ann (née Van Orden)

Horton David Haight (June 20, 1832 – January 19, 1900)[1] was a Mormon pioneer. He first came to Utah at age 14 in 1847 as a member of Daniel Spencer's immigrant company. He was in charge of a freight company that came to Utah Territory in 1859 and led four "down-and-back" companies in the 1860s. These "down-and-back" companies sent wagons and teams from Utah, and brought back new emigrants, their baggage, and nther freight on the return trip.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Haight was born in Moravia, Cayuga County, New York. He was the son of Hector Caleb Haight and his wife, Julia Ann (née Van Orden). The family moved to Illinois in 1837 and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in 1845, moving to Nauvoo. He was in the company sent to aid the Latter-day Saints on the trail in coming into Salt Lake City in 1848. In 1857, he served with Lot Smith in delaying the approach of Johnston's Army.

Haight lived for many years in Farmington, Utah. His wife Louise (née Leavitt) Haight was a counselor to Aurelia Spencer Rogers in the first Primary, which was organized in Farmington. Louise Haight also came from a family who had ties to the LDS church. Her father was Weare Leavitt, born at Grantham, New Hampshire, and his wife Phoebe (née Cowles) Leavitt of Claremont, New Hampshire.[3]

Haight served as Davis County sheriff and in the Utah territorial legislature in 1861.

In 1882, he was sent to Oakley, Idaho by John Taylor, the president of the LDS Church. Haight served there as a bishop until 1887 and then became president of the newly formed Cassia Stake. He served as stake president until his death in 1900. Haight also served as a county commissioner in Cassia County, Idaho.

One of Haight's grandsons was David B. Haight, who became an apostle in the LDS Church.


  1. ^ Jenson, Andrew (1901). "HAIGHT, Horton David". Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia 1. Salt Lake City, Utah: Andrew Jenson History Company. pp. 302–303. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  2. ^ Arrington, Leonard (1958). Great Basin Kingdom. Lincoln, Neb: University of Nebraska Press. 
  3. ^ Reitwiesner, William Addams. "The Ancestors of Jon Huntsman". William Addams Reitwiesner Genealogical Services. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 

External links[edit]

  • Search page for the "Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel" database - searching here will list pioneer companies in which Haight was involved