Martha’s Timeline


Martha (Mattie) Maria Hughes Cannon

Born July 1, 1857 Llandudno, Caernarvon, Wales, United Kingdom
To Peter Hughes (1824-1861)  & 
Elizabeth (Evans) Hughes Paul (1833-1923)

Emigrant from England in 1860

Arrived in New York aboard the Ship Underwriter May 1, 1860

1860 Florence, Nebraska

Traveled West with Joseph Horne Company July 11, 1861

September 13, 1861 Arrived in Salt Lake City
Spent the First night on the grounds of the Future City & County Bld.

1871 Type Setter, Deseret News & Staff member at Women’s Exponent 

1878 Diploma from the University of Deseret 

1880 Medical Graduate University of Michigan

1882 Graduate University of Pennsylvania

1882 Graduate National School of Oratory 

Utah 1882 Physician at Deseret Hospital 

Marriage to Angus M. Cannon October 6,1884

Born 1885 Elizabeth Rachel Cannon McCrimmon (1885-1972) 

1885 Attended Cotton Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
Inspected Nursing schools in New York & Boston

1886 Trip to Europe
Britain, France and Switzerland

1888 Martha Returns to the United States

Established the First Nursing School in Utah

Established office on State and South Temple

1890 Residence - 8th West and just west of 300 South

James Hughes Cannon (1890-1950) born May 19,1890

1891-2 San Francisco California

1893 Addressed at the Worlds Fair in Chicago on Suffrage & then in Washington, D.C.

1896 Utah State Senate

Introduced Bills

  • to prohibit sale of Liquor to minors

  • The Pure Food Act

  • An appropriation for a Hospital for the Deaf, Dumb & Blind

  • A statewide Sanitation Bill

  • To create the State Board of Health

Toured the West with Democrat Candidate for President William Jennings Bryan

1898 Addressed the House Judiciary Committee Washington, D.C.

Member of the State Board of Health

Vice President of the American Congress for Tuberculosis

1898 - 11 South First West Street Office and Home

Gwendolyn Hughes Cannon Quick (1899-1928) born April 17, 1898

1915 Angus Munn Cannon (1834-1915) Dies

1915 Los Angles California

1920 National Suffrage Adopted

Died July 10, 1932 Los Angeles, California 

Buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery July 1932

1984 Utah Names its Public Health Building after Martha

1996 Statue of Martha Placed on the Utah Capitol Grounds

2020 new Martha Hughes Cannon Statue to the U. S. Capitol