Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Stephen Selwyn Harding


1862-1863

President Abraham Lincoln appointed Stephen Selwyn Harding as the fourth territorial governor of Utah. While governor he became critical of the Mormon leaders and the practice of polygamy. The Mormons of Utah successfully petitioned for his dismissal.

Powell, Allan Kent, ed. Utah History Encyclopedia. Territorial Governors, by Miriam B. Murphy. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1994.