Biography of Hon. John T. Caine
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HON. JOHN THOMAS CAINE
John Thomas Caine was born in the parish of Kirk Patrick, Isle of Man, on January 8, 1829. When but six years of age he was virtually an orphan, his father having emigrated to America, his mother being dead, and having no brothers or sisters. He was taken into the home of Hugh Cubbon, his grandfather. Later he went to live with an aunt, Mrs. William Cowley, who took a motherly interest in the little fellow and sent him to school.

At an early age he was urged to obtain some knowledge of the tailor's trade, with a view of fitting himself to take a position in an uncle's merchant tailoring establishment. This work did not appeal to him, and, being ambitious to seek his fortune in America, he laid his plans accordingly. An opportunity to gratify his desire came in the form of a small sum of money, left him by his grandfather, and he sailed for America in 1846.

His knowledge of the tailoring business stood him in good stead upon his arrival in New York, and he was thus enabled to earn a livelihood without difficulty. It was while in New York that he embraced the Mormon religion and became an active worker in that faith.

In 1850 Mr. Caine married Margaret Nightingale, and two years later found the Caine family in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he employed various ways of earning a livelihood, chiefly that of teaching school. He was called upon a mission to the Hawaiian Islands, where he remained for over two years.

Soon after his arrival in Salt Lake City, Mr. Caine became a member of the original Deseret Dramatic Association, and later was one of the prime movers in the building of the Salt Lake Theatre.

John T. Caine has the distinction of having represented Utah in the Congress of the United States by a longer period than any other man. He was first elected to the Forty seventh Congress as successor to George Q. Cannon, whose seat had been denied. He was thereafter elected as Territorial representative to the 48th, 49th, 50th, 51st, and 52nd Congresses. He was immensely popular with the people of Utah, and his services in Congress were highly satisfactory to them. He was afterwards very prominent and influential in securing the admission of Utah as a State.

On September 5, 1895, Mr. Caine was unanimously nominated for the first governor of the State of Utah, on the Democratic ticket, which ticket, however, was defeated. In 1896 he was carried to victory for State Senator on the same ticket.

Mr. Caine is the father of thirteen children. Though a public man, whose duties have kept him from home a great deal of the time, Mr. Caine is a lover of his home and devotedly attached to his wife and children.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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