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George Q. Cannon: A Biography Hardcover – January 1, 1999


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  • Hardcover: 554 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Co (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573454907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573454902
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By book'em Joe on October 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading George Q. Cannon, by Davis Bitton having owned it since it first came out. I was hesitant to read the biography after scanning it, there seemed to be some major gaps. After reading the book I can say I don't hate the biography, but I have my problems with it that I will discuss. I think Bitton does a good job at giving us glimpses of GQC. Though it is not so much what Bitton writes but what he quotes from GQC's incredible journals. Examples of this can be found in GQC's description of the St. George Temple on page 201, his reflection on himself and intimate feelings towards woman on page 221, his recording conversations as found on page 223, his recording of the spike at Promontory Utah on page 157, GQC's loss at his son Abraham's death on page 409, or page on 401 when he writes about his relationship with the family farm. It is very sad that historians have not been allowed access to these incredible journals. Bitton must be quoting less than one percent of what Cannon wrote and GQC comes alive every time Bitton quotes him. Bitton also gives us glimpses into GQC's life when we read on page 155 where GQC brings his 18 year old bride Eliza to meet his first wife Elizabeth, GQC's love for the Hawaiians in chapter 1, or GQC's ability to compartmentalize truth, honesty, integrity, and values in politics depending on what side of the issue he was on.

I believe Bitton only gives us glimpses and not an accurate picture. I feel that D. Michael Quinn's Dialogue article on new plural marriages is much better at giving us an understanding of GQC, Quinn is sensitive to GQC when it comes to motivation and world view. Thomas Alexander in his biography of Wilford Woodruff is much better at presenting the business and hierarchy issues that GQC faced.
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A fascinating book containing backed-up details of events of great interest to Utahns and students of the Old West. If it was urgently important to settling and governing the West between 1847 and 1900 (mass immigration, wagon trains, the Gold Rush, settling Hawaii, building the railroad, the polygamy question, statehood, etc), then chances are good that George Q Cannon was pushing the action, either as a church leader or as a territorial congressional representative. Cannon was a man of great faith, courage, and ability in a time that desperately needed him. I thought Bitton's book was excellent.
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By S. R. Boswell on March 25, 2013
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This is a history book with a lot of great facts about George Q. Cannon and his influence in the LDS Church, the state of Utah, and in the congress of the United States. Page 415 is the major reason that I purchased the book; but I enjoyed the entire book. My great grandfather, Abraham Boswell, walked across the plains in 1847 as a young man of 24, in the same company of 1,500 Mormons with George Q. Cannon [who was aged 20], and Apostles John Taylor and Charles C. Rich. One of the Pratt brothers was with them part of the way.
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