Utah Department of Administrative Services

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John Wilson Shaffer


President Ulysses S. Grant appointed John Wilson Shaffer as territorial governor of Utah. Governor Shaffer believed in crushing any act that appeared rebellious to the federal government. This commonly concerned the Mormons, and his stringent actions resulted in conflict with other officials in Utah. He died suddenly in his first year as governor.

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