Saturday, September 30, 2017

Wait . . . What?

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Which Utah politician won the election for Utah’s representative in Washington by a landslide, but ultimately lost?
a.                  Reed Smoot
b.                  Ezra T. Benson
c.                   George Q. Cannon
d.                  Albert Carrington
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)               President Grant
George W. Emery [Utah’s 11th governor] served as governor from 1875 to 1880. He pursued a conservative course, following the advice of President U. S. Grant, to deal justly with every man. During his term of office the territory was prosperous and much useful legislation was enacted. The California Penal Code and Practice Act was adopted, and the laws of Utah were compiled. Governor Emery took an active part in the prosecution of John D. Lee for the Mountain Meadow Massacre, lifting the burden of unjust blame from the Mormon Church. He also recommended to the legislature the advisability of enacting laws to put an end to polygamy. Governor Emery was a personal friend of President U. S. Grant, and it was upon Mr. Emery’s advice that President Grant visited Utah in October, 1875. By this visit to Utah much of the prejudice and hostility toward the Mormon Church was removed from the mind of President Grant. On February 12, 1880, a bill was passed in the legislature creating Emery County, named in honor of the governor.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1996) Vol. 7, 126-127.

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