Thursday, January 19, 2017

Canada Thought He was A-Okay

Which General Authority is held in high esteem among Canadian officials, having bore the truthfulness of the gospel to Prime Minister John A. McDonald?
a.                  Wilford Woodruff
b.                  Anthon Lund
c.                   Reed Smoot
d.                  John Whittaker Taylor
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)                 Francis Marion Lyman
From the life of Francis Marion Lyman:   In August of the year following he was elected county recorder, and also representative to the legislature from Tooele county. The Liberal party had held control in that county since 1874, but in 1878, the legislature passed an act providing for the registration of voters, which was a death blow to the so-called “Tooele Republic,” and to the methods which had enabled the liberals to retain control so long. By corrupt means, a small minority had conspired to control the county, and in doing so had spent in four years the revenue of five, a balance of $5,000, and left the county in debt $16,000 in addition. In the August election, all the Peoples’ party candidates were elected, but the Liberal officers refused to count the votes at first, and then by a system of technicalities at  length declared the People’s party candidates not elected, although their majority averaged over three hundred votes. It was then that the fighting qualities of the new legislator, Hon. Francis M. Lyman, manifested themselves; a notice of no contest was promptly given, and proceedings were taken before the district court to compel an honest count. It was not until the 29th of March of the year following, on peremptory order of the court, the case then having been to the supreme court, that the officers in charge declared the correct result of the election, which gave the offices to the Peoples’ candidates, who filed their bonds and entered upon their duties. As he has always been, as in this instance, he became a terror to the wrong-doer.   

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901), 138.

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