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Stephen Selwyn Harding

During Utah's history there have been 14 Territorial Governors and 17 Governors of the State.

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Stephen Selwyn Harding

1862-1863
(1808-1891)

A native of Ontario County, New York, and an ardent abolitionist, Harding married Avoline Sprout and practiced law in Indiana before Abraham Lincoln named him governor of Utah Territory in 1862. Conciliatory toward the Mormons at first, he soon became critical of church leaders and the practice of polygamy. The Mormons successfully petitioned for his removal. He served as chief justice of Colorado Territory until forced out of office for alleged incompetence and immorality. He died in 1891 in Indiana.

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