Utah Territory's At-large Congressional District
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Utah Territory's At-large Congressional District
Utah Territory's at-large congressional district
Obsolete district
Created1850, as a non-voting delegate was granted by Congress
Eliminated1896, as a result of statehood
Years active1850-1896

Utah Territory's at-large congressional district is an obsolete congressional district that encompassed the area of the Utah Territory. After Utah's admission to the Union as the 45th state by act of Congress on January 4, 1896, this district was dissolved and replaced by Utah's at-large congressional district.

List of delegates representing the district

On September 9, 1850, an act of Congress gave Utah Territory the authority to elect a congressional delegate,[1] though the first delegate did not take his seat until 1851. The territorial delegates were elected to two-year terms. Delegates were allowed to serve on committees, debate, and submit legislation, but were not permitted to vote on bills.[2]

Delegate Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
John Milton Bernhisel.jpg
John M. Bernhisel
Independent March 4, 1851 -
March 3, 1859
32nd
33rd
34th
35th
Elected in 1850.
Re-elected in 1852.
Re-elected in 1854.
Re-elected in 1856.
Lost re-election.
William Henry Hooper.jpg
William H. Hooper
Democratic March 4, 1859 -
March 3, 1861
36th Elected in 1858.
Lost re-election.
John Milton Bernhisel.jpg
John M. Bernisel
Independent March 4, 1861 -
March 3, 1863
37th Elected in 1860.
Retired.
John F. Kinney.jpg
John F. Kinney
Democratic March 4, 1863 -
March 3, 1865
38th Elected in 1862.
Retired.
William Henry Hooper.jpg
William H. Hooper
Democratic March 4, 1865 -
March 3, 1873
39th
40th
41st
42nd
Elected in 1864.
Re-elected in 1866.
Re-elected in 1868.
Re-elected in 1870.
Retired.
George Q. Cannon - Brady-Handy.jpg
George Q. Cannon
Republican March 4, 1873 -
March 3, 1881
43rd
44th
45th
46th
Elected in 1872.
Re-elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
In 1881, George Q. Cannon won re-election, but the governor appointed Allen G. Campbell. Cannon successfully contested the election, but the House decided on April 20, 1882 not to seat Cannon on grounds that Cannon was a polygamist.[3][4]
Vacant March 4, 1881 -
March 3, 1883
47th
John Thomas Caine.jpg
John T. Caine
Democratic November 7, 1882 -
March 3, 1889
47th
48th
49th
50th
51st
52nd
Elected to finish the vacant term.[5]
Re-elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888 as a Populist.
Re-elected in 1890.
Retired.
Populist March 4, 1889 -
March 3, 1893
Joseph Lafayette Rawlins.jpg
Joseph L. Rawlins
Democratic March 4, 1893 -
March 3, 1895
53rd Elected in 1892.
Lost re-election.
Frank Jenne Cannon.jpg
Frank J. Cannon
Republican March 4, 1895 -
January 4, 1896
54th Elected in 1894.
Position eliminated on statehood and retired to run for U.S. senator.

Notes

References

General
  • "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774-2005". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved 2011.
  • "Members of Congress: Utah". Infoplease. Pearson Education. Retrieved 2011.
  • Our Campaigns - Container Detail Page.
Specific
  1. ^ "ch. 51, §13, 9 Stat. 457". 31st United States Congress. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Delegates to the U.S. Congress: History and Current Status" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "How the Plot Was Spoiled". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. July 6, 1881. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "The Polygamous Delegate". Lewiston Evening Journal. April 20, 1882. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Favorable Report on the Utah Delegate". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. December 21, 1882. Retrieved 2010.


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