John Q. Cannon
Full name John Quayle Cannon
Born April 19, 1857(1857-04-19)
Place of birth San Francisco, California
Died January 14, 1931 (aged 73)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah
LDS Church General Authority
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Called by William B. Preston
Start of term October 5, 1884 (aged 27)
End of term September 5, 1886 (aged 29)
End reason Excommunicated as a result of a criminal conviction for assault

John Quayle Cannon (April 19, 1857 – January 14, 1931) was an editor-in-chief of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah and a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He also served as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. He was the son of LDS Apostle George Q. Cannon and was married to Elizabeth Wells Cannon. He is one of the few general authorities of the LDS Church to have been excommunicated.[1]

Newspaper editor

From 1889 until 1892, Cannon was the editor of the Ogden Standard. From October 1892 until April 1898, he was the editor in chief of the Deseret News. After the Spanish-American War he returned to work at the Deseret News and served as an executive editor of the newspaper off-and-on until his death.

Latter-day Saint general authority

Cannon served as the Second Counselor to William B. Preston, the Presiding Bishop of LDS Church, between 1884 and 1886. On September 5, 1886, Cannon was released from the Presiding Bishopric and excommunicated from the church as a result of a criminal conviction for assault. Cannon was readmitted into the church by baptism on May 6, 1888; however, he never regained his position as a general authority of the church.

Criminal conviction for assault

In 1886, Cannon became offended at a news story that was printed about him in the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper. Cannon confronted Tribune reporter Joseph Lippman in downtown Salt Lake City and demanded a retraction of the story. When Lippman refused to apologize or to issue a retraction, Cannon punched Lippman and beat him with a whip. Cannon pleaded guilty to the assault and paid a small fine.


Cannon died of myocarditis in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2]


External references

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