Heritage Gateways

Official Sesquicentennial K-12 Education Project
sponsored by the Utah State Board of Education, the BYU-Public School Partnership and the Utah Education Network

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Pioneer: Martha Hughes Cannon (Heaven - 4th Grade)

Description: 4th Grade Heaven's picture to accompany her report on pioneer Martha Hughes Cannon.
Image courtesy of: Heritage Gateway Project Images, These images have been gathered to support the Sesquicentennial celebration of the immigration to Utah.

Martha Cannon was born July 1, 1857 in Llanduduno, Wales. From an early age she desired to study medicine. She worked as a school teacher and typesetter while attending school. She got her degree in chemistry in 1875, and attended the University of Michigan from 1878 to 1881. She also attended the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced medicine in Salt Lake City and taught nursing courses. She also taught at the Utah State School for the Deaf. She was also responsible for helping women get the right to vote. Martha Hughes Cannon had the pioneer spirit of preparation, perseverance, sacrifice, and optimism. I admire her because she educated herself and became one of the few woman doctors of her day.