Patrick Edward Connor was a military officer who was given the duty of guarding the overland mail route in the West during the civil war. In addition to this he was to watch the Mormons in Utah and determine their loyalty to the government of the United States. He was the commander of the Military District of Utah and he established his headquarters at Camp Douglas which was near Salt Lake City, Utah.
While stationed in Utah, Connor saw action against hostile Indians on the Bear River in Idaho and other places; had some problems with the Mormons; and became interested in the mining possibilities of the Utah territory.
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Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Fox, William, "Patrick Edward Connor, "Father" of Utah Mining" (1966). Theses and Dissertations. 4693.
P. E. Connor, Patrick Edward, 1820-1891, Mineral industries, Utah, Mines, mineral resources, Utah, History, Military, Mormons, Relations with Gentiles