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Eli Houston Murray

Born: Feb 10, 1843

Death: Nov 18, 1896

Birthplace: Cloverport

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Eli Houston Murray

Date of Birth : Feb 10, 1843
Date of Death : Nov 18, 1896
Birth Place : Cloverport

Eli Houston Murray was Governor of Utah Territory between 1880 and 1886. Murray had been brevetted to the rank of brigadier general in the American Civil War, and was appointed Governor in 1880. The newly appointed anti-Mormon territorial governor openly supported the Liberal Party of Utah. Thus, the 1880 territory-wide election for a congressional delegate unexpectedly proved the closest that the Liberal Party got to sending a representative to Washington, D.C. The Liberal candidate, Allen G. Campbell – with 1357 votes – lost resoundingly to Mormon General Authority George Q. Cannon who had 18,567 votes. However, before Governor Murray certified the election, a protest on behalf of Campbell was filed. The protest listed a dozen claims, chiefly that Cannon, born in Liverpool, England, was an un-naturalized alien. The protest also claimed that Cannon's practice of polygamy was incompatible with the law and a delegate's oath of office. Murray agreed and issued certification to Campbell in spite of his poor showing. Cannon, in Washington at the time, argued that only Congress could decide on a member's qualifications.


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