Edward H. Anderson

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Edward H. Anderson (1858-1928) was a Latter-day Saint missionary, leader, writer and editor.

Anderson is the author of the biography The Life of Brigham Young. The book is an account written sixteen years following Brigham Young's death in 1877. In this volume, Young's activities during his early years of the restoration are discussed; his close relationship with Joseph Smith, Jr.; and the rise of his leadership following Smith's death.

Anderson was born in Bileberga, Sweden. His family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was young, and they came to Utah Territory in 1864 in William B. Preston's Mormon pioneer company.

In 1869, Anderson was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. He lived in Millcreek, Utah, Farmington, Utah, and Huntsville, Utah, in these early years. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1877 and then became a teacher in Weber County, Utah. In 1881, he married Jane Ballantyne, a daughter of Richard Ballantyne, the founder of the Church's Sunday School movement.

In about 1880, Anderson entered the newspaper business in Ogden, Utah. He later served on the staff of The Contributor. From 1890 to 1892 he served as mission president of the Scandinavian Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ. In 1893, he became a member of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association (YMMIA) General Board, and in 1899 succeeded B. H. Roberts as associate editor of the Improvement Era. In 1900, Anderson became a member of the Weber Stake High Council. Anderson served in the YMMIA until 1907.

Brother Anderson was still listed as co-editor of the Improvement Era in 1922, with President Heber J. Grant the President of the Church listed as the other editor.[1]

Besides his biography of Brigham Young, Anderson also wrote A Brief History of the Church. Andrew Jenson also included some of writings by Anderson in his Latter-day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia.[2]

Anderson served as the clerk of General conference on several occasions in the 1910s and 1920s.[3]

In 1900, Anderson was elected to the Utah House of Representatives. He was appointed surveyor-general for Utah, a federal appointment, in 1901.

Anderson and his wife Jane had seven children.


  1. Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency, Vol. 5, p. 219
  2. See, e.g., vol. 1, p. 66, where a sketch on the life of Joseph F. Smith by Anderson appears, and vol. 1, p. 136, where Anderson's byline is inserted at the end of the article on Francis M. Lyman.
  3. See, e.g., 1927 Conference Report.


Jenson, Andrew. Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 715; Vol. 4, p. 231