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Rudger Judd Clawson
Birth: Mar. 12, 1857
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Jun. 21, 1943
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

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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 Spouses:
  Emma Christene Stohl Jensen (1869 - 1935)*
  Florence Ann Dinwoody Morris (1864 - 1947)*
  Lydia Elizabeth Spencer Clawson (1861 - 1941)*
 
 Children:
  Rudger Elmo Clawson (1884 - 1898)*
  Hyrum B Clawson (1888 - 1975)*
  Vera Mary Clawson (1891 - 1897)*
  Daniel Spencer Clawson (1892 - 1893)*
  Samuel G Clawson (1896 - 1942)*
  Lorenzo S Clawson (1898 - 1962)*
  Marion Clawson (1900 - 1901)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Chad Stowell
Record added: Mar 24, 2002
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- Joyce
 Added: Oct. 25, 2014

- tbeck
 Added: Jun. 4, 2011
Courier Journal newspaper, Louisville, KY - dated 22 June 1943 headline - Mormon Leader Dies; Spared by 1879 Mob - Salt Lake City, June 21 (AP) - Rudger Clawson, 86, president of the Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Church,...(Read more)
- Gaye Hill
 Added: Feb. 15, 2011
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