Edward L. Sloan

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Edward Lennox Sloan was an editor and publisher. He served as editor of the Millennial Star and published his poetry in a volume called The Bard’s Offering.

He was born on November 9, 1830, in Bangor, County Down, Ireland, and was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometime before 1848. He served as a missionary in Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland. He and his wife Mary Wallace immigrated to the Salt Lake Valley in 1863.

In Utah, he assisted George Q. Cannon in editing the Deseret News. He founded the Salt Lake Daily Herald in 1870 with W. C. Dunbar. When Dunbar refused his efforts to get a column on women's issues included in the Herald, Sloan went ahead and organized the Woman's Exponent with Lula Greene as editor. Sloan also published the first city directory of Salt Lake City.

Sloan also served as secretary of the Deseret Sunday School Union at the time of its organization in 1872. He was also the recorder of many of the discourses included in the Journal of Discourses. He arranged the words of the song “For the Strength of the Hills” (#35), which was included in the 1985 Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sloan practiced plural marriage and had three wives and 15 children. He died on August 2, 1874.