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 Rudger Judd Clawson

Rudger Judd Clawson

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Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 21 Jun 1943 (aged 86)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 6285986 · View Source
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Religious Leader. President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With the continued publication of anti-Mormon literature the missionaries of the Church were sorely abused, especially in the Southern States, where many of them were stripped, tied to trees and brutally beaten by mobs. On the 21st of July, 1878, Elders Joseph Standing, and Rudger Clawson, a youth of twenty-two, were surrounded by a mob at Varnal Station, Georgia, and were taken to the woods apparently for the purpose of receiving a thrashing. Standing at this juncture made some show of resistance when one of the mobbers fired at him. Immediately following this deed one of the gang, pointing at Rudger Clawson, said, "Shoot that man!" Clawson turned and cooly faced the mob with folded arms and exclaimed, "Shoot!" His coolness seemed to unnerve the mob who lowered their guns. Rudger Clawson, although risking his own life, escorted his companion's body back to Salt Lake City where a funeral was held in the Tabernacle, and buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Many years later, being charged with polygamy, he spent a prison term rather than deny what he beleived to be a comandment from God. Not long after, he was called as a member of the Twelve, and at the time of his passing President of that Quorum.

Bio by: Chad Stowell


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rudger Judd Clawson (12 Mar 1857–21 Jun 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6285986, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .