Vernon H. Vaughan

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Vernon H Vaughan
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Governor of Utah Territory
In office
October 31, 1870 – February 1, 1871
Preceded byJohn Shaffer
Succeeded byGeorge Lemuel Woods
Personal details
Born(1838-02-11)February 11, 1838
Mount Meigs, Alabama
DiedDecember 4, 1878(1878-12-04) (aged 40)

Vernon H. Vaughan (February 11, 1838 – December 4, 1878) was an American political leader. Born in Mount Meigs, Alabama, he served as Utah territorial secretary to Governor John Shaffer, and after Shaffer's untimely death in office, President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Vaughan to fill the vacancy as acting governor. He served three uneventful months and was not reappointed.[1][2] He died on December 4, 1878 in Sacramento, CA.

Event of Consequence[edit]

The only event of consequence during Vernon's administration was the Wooden Gun Rebellion, which, according to John Shaffer's proclamation, was an illegal drill by members of the Nauvoo Legion on November of 1870. Nevertheless, the accused were all arrested and tried, yet later all released.[3]


  1. ^ Vernon Vaughn
  2. ^ Bio data
  3. ^ "Vernon H. Vaughan".
Political offices
Preceded by
John Shaffer
Governor of Utah Territory
Succeeded by
George Lemuel Woods