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Vernon H. Vaughan

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

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Young | Cumming | Dawson | Harding | Doty | Durkee | Shaffer | Vaughan | Woods | Axtell | Emery | Murray | West | Thomas

Vernon Vaughn

1870-1871
(1838-1878)

Born in Alabama, in 1838, Vaughan was territorial secretary when Governor Shaffer died. Ulysses S. Grant named him to fill the vacancy. The only event of consequence during his administration was the Wooden Gun Rebellion--an illegal (according to Shaffer's proclamation) drill in November 1870 by members of the Nauvoo Legion. Undoubtedly a lark, the incident nevertheless resulted in the arrest and trial of those involved, but all were released. Vaughan was not reappointed. He died in 1878 in Sacramento.

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