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Elder Joseph Standing

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Elder Joseph Standing

  • Birth 5 Oct 1854 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Death 21 Jul 1879 Varnell, Whitfield County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Memorial ID 6287127

Only a handful of deaths among The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint members have produced the magnitude of sentiment than the murder of Elder Joseph Standing.
Elders Joseph Standing and Rudger Clawson were surrounded by a mob at Varnal Station, Georgia, and were taken to the woods apparently for the purpose of receiving a thrashing, as a majority of missionaries recieved. Elder Standing made some show of resistance when one of the mobbers fired at him. Elder Clawson escaped certain death and managed to escort the body of his mutilated companion. In August of 1880 an Italian-marble monument was erected over Standing's grave, reaching 15 feet in hight. Carved on the sides were the names of the twelve men who participated in the murder. A galvanized iron box was placed inside the monument containing copies of various news accounts of the murder and trial, along with photographs of Standing and Clawson, and information regarding the monument. The five foot obelisk on top broke off, the writing since wore away, and for a time the entire monument was gone, and has since been replaced by the Young Men Mutual Improvement Association (who first donated it), exact in detail of the original, including an iron fence surrounding the structure to prevent futher desecration. Over 10,000 people attended Elder Standing's funeral.

Bio by: Chad Stowell


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Chad Stowell
  • Added: 24 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6287127
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elder Joseph Standing (5 Oct 1854–21 Jul 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6287127, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .