Allen G. Campbell

Allen G. Campbell

Allen G. Campbell was a former delegate from Utah Territory to the United States House of Representatives. Campbell was engaged in the insurance industry and was a member of the Anti-Mormon Utah Liberal Party. He ran for several territorial offices before he was involved in an election controversy in 1880.

Campbell lost the election for territorial delegate to George Q. Cannon, receiving just over 1000 of the nearly 19000 votes cast. However, Utah territorial governor Eli H. Murray, a Liberal Party member, overturned the election results, stating that Cannon was not a naturalized American citizen (he was born in Liverpool, England), and therefore ineligible to take office. Anti-Mormon feelings toward Cannon, a member of the LDS Church, were suspected of being the true motive behind the nulification of the election. Campbell was certified as the winner and temporarily seated in Congress. However, a House elections committee dismissed the election results, denying the claims of both candidates, and a new election was held.


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