Elias L. T. Harrison

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Elias L. T. Harrison was a writer and architect. He converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1840s, having witnessed the preaching of Orson Pratt. He became friends with Edward Tullidge who was the editor of the Millennial Star and, once in Utah Territory, became a co-editor with Tullidge of Peep O’Day, an early magazine of the Intermountain West. The two joined with William Godbe and William H. Shearman and started the precursor of The Salt Lake Tribune. He wrote the words to the hymn “Sons of Michael, He Approaches,” #51 of the 1985 Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At one point Harrison was considered an apostate and was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ.

He was born on March 27, 183, in Barking, United Kingdom, and died on May 22, 1900. Harrison had studied architecture in London. He designed his own home that is located in the historic district of Salt Lake City. His other designs include the Daft Block and the Salt Lake Theatre interior.