Abraham H. Cannon

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).

Abraham H. Cannon
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)
ReasonExcommunication 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 reasonCalled to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Personal details
BornAbraham Hoagland Cannon
(1859-03-12)March 12, 1859
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, U.S.
DiedJuly 19, 1896(1896-07-19) (aged 37)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Resting placeSalt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37.92″N 111°51′28.8″W
Spouse(s)Sarah A. Jenkins
Wilhelmina Mousley
Mary E. C. Young
Lilian Hamlin
ParentsGeorge Q. Cannon
Elizabeth Hoagland

Personal history

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 Hamlin on June 17, 1896.[4]

Cannon was pardoned in 1894 by U.S. President Grover Cleveland.[5]


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

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.


Early in the summer of 1896, Cannon visited California, where he presumably visited the ocean, swam in it, and got ocean water trapped within his ear. This led to an ear infection, and by mid-July Cannon was seriously ill. He underwent at least one surgery to relieve pressure and drain the infection, but the illness continued.[6] Cannon died on July 19 at the age of 37 in Salt Lake City.[3]


  • Cannon, Abraham H. (1886). Questions and answers on the Book of Mormon: Designed and prepared especially for the use of the Sunday schools in Zion. Juvenile Instructor. B00086IO4A.
  • Horne, Dennis B., ed. (2004). An Apostle's Record: The Journals of Abraham H. Cannon. Gnolaum Books. ISBN 0-9746780-0-7.
  • Cannon, Abraham H. (1879–1883). Mormon Missionary Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon vol. 1-3.


  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. 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. Vol. 1. Salt Lake City, Utah: Andrew Jenson History Company. pp. 3356 167–168. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  4. Lyman, Leo (2010). Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895. Signature Books. pp. xxi–xxii. ISBN 978-1-56085-210-0.
  5. "Grover Cleveland: Proclamation 369—Granting Amnesty and Pardon for the Offenses of Polygamy, Bigamy, Adultery, or Unlawful Cohabitation to Members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints". Presidency.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  6. Lyman, Leo (2010). Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895. Signature Books. pp. xxiii. ISBN 978-1-56085-210-0.

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