Sunday, January 10, 2016

He Was the First to Come

Who was the first U.S. President to visit Utah?
a.                  Ulysses Grant
b.                  Abraham Lincoln
c.                   Andrew Jackson
d.                  Grover Cleveland
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   Endorsing the United Order
The Deseret News, a Mormon-controlled newspaper, was surprisingly hesitant to comment on the United Order, at least until Young arrived in Salt Lake City late in April to launch the movement officially. The non-Mormon Tribune, on the other hand, was quick to note and comment on the Order, offering, from early in March, an almost continuous series of articles on the subject. Notices from their correspondent in Beaver, Utah, were published on 7 March, reporting that Young had “browbeat” nearly every property owner in St. George into joining the United Order and deeding all their property to the church.” Only about a dozen hold out against him,” the report said, “and he has probably persuaded those into it by this time, or cut them off.”

Salt Lake Tribune, 7 March 1874; New Views of Mormon History, Edited by Davis Bitton and Maureen Ursenbach Beecher (Salt Lake City, University of Utah Press, 1987), 120.

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