125 years ago today - Apr 13, 1898

Apostle Matthias F. Cowley performs the first marriage commissioned by First Counselor George Q Cannon. Cowley marries Ben E. Rich, president of the Southern States Mission, to a plural wife. Cowley later explained to the Twelve, "President Cannon told me personally to attend to these matters. There was no laying on of hands, but he gave the authority personally. The commission at this time was to marry Brother Rich, but later I was told by him that I could attend to suitable cases."

[On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

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