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Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon

July 1, 1857 — July 10, 1932

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 18, 2016
1. Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon Marker
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In memory of
Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon
July 1, 1857 — July 10, 1932

Pioneer Doctor — First Woman State Senator in the U.S.

Author of Utah sanitation laws
Member of first State Board of Health

Her office and home located near this spot
11 South First West

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & MedicineWomen.
 
Location. 40° 46.169′ N, 111° 53.791′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on West South Temple just east of North 200 West, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located along the sidewalk near the northeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 West South Temple, Salt Lake City UT 84101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nauvoo Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mormon Tabernacle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Assembly Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mormon Pioneer Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Primary Children’s Hospital (approx.
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 18, 2016
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0.2 miles away); William Staines and William Jennings (approx. ¼ mile away); Devereaux House (approx. ¼ mile away); Salt Lake Temple (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
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1. Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon, First Female State Senator. She enrolled in the University of Deseret (now the University of Utah) at age sixteen to fulfill the pre-med requirements. While earning her chemistry degree, she saved money for medical school by working as a typesetter for the Deseret News and then the Woman’s Exponent, where she became immersed in the women’s rights movement. She earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1880 and a degree in pharmaceuticals at the University of Pennsylvania in 1882, where she was the only female student in her program. (Submitted on March 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon. In 1896, when Utah first became a state, Cannon ran for a State Senate seat in an at-large election. Cannon defeated her husband and three other men. In addition to her career as a state senator and prominent suffragist, Cannon held a medical degree and promoted
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important health policy in Utah. (Submitted on March 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Martha Hughes Cannon (Wikipedia). Cannon became a leader in the Utah Women's Suffrage Association, giving speeches in Utah and traveling to suffrage conferences with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. At the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Martha Hughes Cannon was featured as a speaker of the Women's Congress. She defended polygamy, believing wives in a polygamous marriage may in fact have more freedom than a monogamous marriage stating that if a husband had more than one wife, that wife had freedom in the weeks her husband was away visiting his other wives. (Submitted on March 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2. submitted on March 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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