Sunday, September 10, 2017

He Couldn’t Prove His Citizenship

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Even though he won the election, who could not gain public office because it was stated he could not prove his citizenship (hmm, sounds a little too familiar)?
a.                  Brigham Young
b.                  Willard Richards
c.                   George Cannon
d.                  Jedediah Grant
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)                 The Perpetual Emigration Fund
Governor George L. Woods- 9th Governor of Utah:   His acts in Utah were mostly of a character calculated to create turmoil, and to bring trouble to the people. He entered heart and soul into the spirit of the Shaffer “ring” and was much disliked by a great majority of the people.
In his messages to the territorial legislature he urged the development of free schools, and recommended that all fines imposed upon law-breakers go into the school fund. He urged the abolishment of the “Perpetual Emigration Fund Company.” Under the law the estates of all deceased persons, without a legal claimant, went into this fund. He advocated the first Escheat law in Utah which gave such estates to the state treasury. At that time the law provided that the board of directors of the Utah penitentiary could lease the management of the prison and any or all convicts to the highest bidder. Governor Woods assailed this practice and sought to establish the merit system of rewarding prisoners by good behavior allowances on their times. He established the first civil marriage law, which authorized judges and justices of the peace, as well as ministers of the gospel to perform marriages.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7,  123.

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