Governor Harding

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About the Harding Administration

President Abraham Lincoln appointed Stephen Selwyn Harding as the fourth territorial governor of Utah. While governor he became critical of the Mormon leaders and the practice of polygamy. The Mormons of Utah successfully petitioned for his dismissal.

Powell, Allan Kent, ed. Utah History Encyclopedia. Territorial Governors, by Miriam B. Murphy. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1994.

History of Harding Administration
Biography of Stephen Selwyn Harding
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Records of Governor Harding

There are no records at the Utah State Archives. You may search for related records and papers held by other repositories in Social Networks and Archival Context. Territorial records may be available in the National Archives.

Page Last Updated May 29, 2002.