Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Thomas L. Kane
Following the days of their severest persecutions in the winter of 1846-7, when the Mormon pioneers, driven from their beloved city of Nauvoo, Illinois, by mob violence, were scattered across the frozen plains of Iowa, there came into their midst a young man, Thomas L. Kane, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who expressed a desire to assist them in their suffering.
Through the Christian and economic benefactions of Thomas L. Kane and his father Judge John K. Kane, United States District Judge of Philadelphia, the War Department at Washington, D.C. was directed by President James K. Polk to accept the enlistment of the Mormon Battalion of 500 men in the War with Mexico who under the command of Lt. Col. P. St. George Cooke marched to California, built Fort Moore at Los Angeles and aided in establishing American Sovereignty in Southern California.
The government money paid the battalion members was used to feed and clothe the destitute Mormons in Iowa and this with their indomitable faith and perseverance enabled them to make their migration to the Salt Lake Valley in July, 1847.
Later, on January
In the year 1857, James Buchanan, then President of the United States, believing certain unfounded rumors that Utah Territorial Governor Brigham Young and other Utah Territorial Officers were in open rebellion against Federal Authority in Utah, sent to Utah an armed force of 25 hundred men, known as Johnston’s Army, to maintain Federal Authority.
On being advised of the threatened invasion of his friends’ homeland, Thomas L. Kane against the wishes of President Buchanan, a friend of the Kane family, and his father, Judge John K. Kane, decided to again go to the aid of his Mormon friends. He sailed down the Atlantic Ocean, crossed the Isthmus of Panama, sailed up the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, then traveled by horse and wagon to Salt Lake City.
Through his efforts peace was established in Utah and a great blessing brought thereby to the pioneering people of this territory.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Civil RightsSettlements & Settlers • War, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #11 James K. Polk, the Former U.S. Presidents: #15 James Buchanan, and the Mormon Battalion series lists.
Location. 40° 46.695′ N, 111° 53.277′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from East Capitol Boulevard north of East 300 North, on the left when traveling north. Marker and Thomas L. Kane statue are located on the Utah State Capitol grounds, near the northeast corner of the courtyard behind the Capitol. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 East Capitol Boulevard, Salt Lake City UT 84103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Daniel Cowan Jackling (within shouting distance of this marker); Statue of Massassoit (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward H. Harriman (about 500 feet away); The Mormon Battalion (about 700 feet away); Ensign Peak (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Constitution Revered Old City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Council Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
More about this marker. Marker and related panel are mounted on the base of the Thomas L. Kane statue.
Also see . . . Thomas Leiper Kane (Wikipedia). After meeting members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at an 1846 Philadelphia conference, Kane offered to help in their conflicts with the US government as they tried to migrate West. He negotiated to allow them to occupy land along the Missouri River, and later worked to help Utah achieve statehood. He passed on an offer to govern the territory, giving the position to Brigham Young. During 1857 and 1858, Kane attempted to mediate a dispute between the Latter-day Saints and the US government, persuading Young to concede his governorship to President Buchanan's appointee, preventing further escalation of the Utah War. (Submitted on February 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.