WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
DANIEL D. McARTHUR
(pioneer, early settler, city & church official)
BIOGRAPHYDaniel Duncan McArthur was born April 8, 1820 in the Town of Holland, Erie County, New York.
The McArthur family embraced Mormonism in 1836. They experienced much of the early history of the church gathering in Kirkland and Nauvoo. Daniel & Matilda crossed the plains during the summer of 1848, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on September 26.
On August 28, 1852, the same day his daughter was born, the First Presidency held a special conference to call a number of the bretheren on missions. Daniel was called to go to England. His group left September 15, 1852. After arriving in England, he was assigned to Scotland. Daniel returned to the Salt Lake Valley with a large company of emigrants, arriving near the end of September 1956.
Back in Salt Lake, Daniel McArthur took an active part in the life of the city. He was called to be a home missionary during the great reformation of 1856 and 1857. When the Great Salt Lake Military District, a extension of the Nauvoo Legion, was organized, Daniel was appointed a Major under the command of General George D. Grant. Major McArthur led a contingent of men against the approaching Johnson's Army. In addition to family activities, Daniel carried out his Seventies responsibilities, helping to settle new arrivals in the valley, developing water projects in Utah County, and keeping his Nauvoo Legion detachment ready and available.
At the LDS General Conference comencing October 6, 1861, Daniel and his families were called to go settle in St. George. By the first week in December, they arrived and began the task of establishing a city. Daniel was chosen and sustained as a member of the first Camp Council on December 5, 1861. He assisted in laying out the lots and blocks in St. George and was commissioned to assist in locating a road from Harmony to St. George.
The McArthur families were assigned two city lots on Tabernacle where they eventually built a nice home. Land was acquired along the Santa Clara River and between the two locations, most of the food requirements of the families were met.
On March 2, 1862, he was appointed Constable to the County Court. From the beginning, he retained his position as a military person and was most influential in maintaining law and order in the area. On April 5, 1864, Daniel H. Wells, the General commanding the Nauvoo Legion, appointed Daniel Major of the 6th Battalion of the Iron Military District. He was promoted to Colonel of the 2nd Regiment Iron Military District on September 24, 1865 and as such was instrumental in organizing various military units in the area. Many of the actions taken to protect life and livestock in the area were organized and carried out by Colonel McArthur.
On March 22, 1862, Daniel became Bishop of the 3rd Ward in St. George and the following day he became First Counselor to Robert Gardiner, who was the Presiding Bishop in the St. George area. Bishop McArthur served on the St. George Stake High Council from May 14, 1864 to September 15, 1869. On September 15, 1869 he was called as Presiding Bishop in southern Utah.
During April of 1870, a cooperative Live Stock Association was formed with Daniel as one of the directors. On September 26, 1875, he was elected a director of the Canaan Co-operative Stock Company.
On the same day as the dedication of the St. George Temple, April 6, 1877, President Brigham Young called Daniel on another mission to England. Elder McArthur was away on this mission from May 1877 to October 1878.
McArthur served as Second Counselor in the St. George Stake Presidency from March 20, 1881 to September 26, 1888. He was set apart as Stake President on December 17, 1888. He served in that calling until losing almost all his eyesite in 1901. On June 14, 1901, he was released as Stake President and ordained a Patriarch in the Church, a position he held until his death.
Daniel D. McArthur died at home on June 3, 1908. He was buried in the St. George City Cemetery.
REFERENCESDaniel Duncan McArthur, Mormon Pioneer
compiled by Rudger M. McArthur, 1990
Autobiography of Daniel D. McArthur (covering 1820-1846)
Autobiography of Daniel D. McArthur
Autobiography of Daniel D. McArthur
Timeline of Daniel D. McArthur's Missions
Rootsweb genealogy for Daniel Duncan McArthur
Duncan and Susan McArthur ~ Pioneers of the Month ~ December 2010