Friday, May 25, 2012

Pioneer Election

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The first election held in the Salt Lake Valley on March 12, 1849 was to vote for what?

 A)                 To determine if Brigham Young should continue to lead the church

B)                 To elect territorial officers

C)                 To elect a new Relief Society presidency, which had been disbanded in Nauvoo five years earlier

D)                 To determine if the Saints should relocate to Vancouver Island in Canada since they had gone full circle from fighting mobbers to fighting crickets

Yesterday’s answer:

(A) 1894

In order to boost the academic qualifications of his faculty in the short run, (Benjamin Cluff Jr.) Cluff broke with tradition and hired non-Mormons. In 1894, he hired his first gentile faculty member, Abby Calista Hale, a graduate of Clark College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the niece of U.S. Senate Chaplain Edward Everett Hale. Although she never embraced Mormonism, she loved Utah, regarded Mormonism favorable, and later quipped that she was “not so very ‘non’” as some feared.

Ernest L. Wilkinson, ed., Brigham Young University: the First One Hundred Years, 4 vols. (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1975-76)1:258-59; Abby Calista Hale to Benjamin Cluff, April 6, 1897, President’s Records.

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