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II 8 PRESIDENT McKINLEY INVITED. JN accordance with a universal desire on the part of the citizens of Utah, that the President of the United States should be specially invited to be present at and participate in the Pioneer Jubilee, a delegation was appointed by the Commission to visit Washington and confer with the Chief Magistrate upon the subject. This delegation consisted of Hon. George Q. Cannon, Justice George W. Bartch, Hon. P. H. Lannan, Senators Frank J. Cannon and Joseph L. Rawlins, and Representative William H. King. The Utah delegation was cordially received by President McKinley, who, after receiving the invitation presented by them, expressed his warm appreciation and gave a conditional promise of acceptance. In presenting the invitation, the chairman of the delegation�Hon. George Q. Cannon�spoke as follows: "Mr. President: "A delegation of six residents of Utah, representing the Semi-centennial of the settlement of our State, has called to invite you and your official family to visit us about the 20th of July at the Semi-centennial of the arrival of the Pioneers in Utah. The event is to be one of great historical interest. It will signalize an occurrence which made practicable the settlement of the entire arid region ot the West. The success of that little band of Pioneers made irrigation possible and blazed the way for far Western development. For that reason all our neighbors will unite with us in cele- brating it. I can assure you, Mr President, that if you find that you can be with us, you will assist in making the event one long to be remembered. You will re- ceive a cordial welcome from all our people, where fel- lowship is now being cultivated as never before, and where all are working for a common end, which is common prosperity. "We believe that your visit would not only assist in securing this end, but it would be pleasant and in- structive to yourself. I desire to hand you an official letter from the Governor of the State of Utah." State of Utah, Executive Mansion, _ Salt Lake City. Jo the President: "Sir.�On the twenty-fourth of July, 1847, the Pio- neers of Utah first entered the valley of the Great Salt Lake. This land then belonged to Mexico, and was a forbidding desert, inhabited by no white man, but roamed over by Indians and wild beasts. These Pio- neers had fought their way through the wilderness more than a thousand miles beyond the western fron- tier, and one of their first acts upon arriving here was to erect upon a mountain too overlooking this valley the ensign of liberty, the glorious Stars and Stripes. They were therefore more than the founders ot" Utah �they were the conquerors of arid America, the fore- runners of Western civilization, the envoys of the United States in the acquisition of a new and mighty empire. "In fifty years Utah has risen from nothing to an illustrious commonwealth, rich in resources and peo- pled by more than a quarter of a million of thrifty, happy, patriotic citizens; who, proud of past achieve- ments, grateful for present progress and enlighten- ment, and confident of future greatness, purpose in this year of jubilee, to commemorate the fiftieth anniver- sary of the advent of their Pioneers by holding a cele- bration at Salt Lake City, the capital of the State, from July 20th to 24th. "I have the honor to extend to you, Mr. President, and to your Cabinet, a cordial invitation to be present on that occasion and witness the demonstration in honor of those sturdy Pioneers, and in commemoration of that important epoch in our Nation's history, and I promise you that the welcome we will give to our Chief Magistrate and his associates will be as warm and as honest as a loyal, enterprising and hospitable people can make it. "I have the honor to be, with profound respect, your obedient servant, Heber M. Wells, Governor of Utah." The President read the letter carefully and then said: "I am sure this is a most attractive invitation, and I appreciate all that has been said about the deep significance of the Pioneer Jubilee, and the national
|Title||Book of the Pioneers|
|Source Container||Box 1|
|Source Relation||Series 14107 | Semi-Centennial Commission | Book of the Pioneers | Box 1|
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|Rights Management||The Utah State Archives is the custodian of the original public record created by the Semi-Centennial Commission.|
|Holding Institution||Utah State Archives|
Utah--Centennial celebrations, etc.
|Abstract||The "Book of the Pioneers" was created as a record of those who arrived in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake during 1847, including the names, ages, autographs, and places of residence of all known survivors on 24 July 1897, the year of the jubilee.|
|Publisher||Digitized by: J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.|