House Votes to Replace Philo Farnsworth Statue in U.S. Capitol with Martha Hughes Cannon

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2018

Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1568 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov

House Votes to Replace Philo Farnsworth Statue in U.S. Capitol with Martha Hughes Cannon

Salt Lake City - Today House Democrats showed united support in favor of the resolution S.C.R.1 - “Concurrent Resolution Recommending Replacement of Statue of Philo Farnsworth in United States Capitol.”  The House voted overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution to replace the Farnsworth statue with a statue of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon.  Dr. Cannon was an immigrant, a polygamist, a physician, a women's rights advocate and suffragist, and the first female Utah State Senator elected in the United States.  

Rep. Patrice Arent said, “Martha Hughes Cannon is the perfect Utahn to represent our state in the nation’s Capitol. She has been one of my role models for many years. As a current legislator, I want to send a clear signal to women in Utah and across the country that our accomplishments are just as important as those of men.”

Rep. Angela Romero added, “When young women from all across the country go to the capitol, they will see an intelligent, strong, and influential Utah woman standing proudly in a hall dominated by men. Having a fellow woman recognized as an important contribution to the history of this nation is a powerful and inspirational message for all young women that tells them not to be scared in the face of difficulty and to press forward with their battles and their dreams.”

Rep. Joel Briscoe stated, “Utahns should pride themselves in the persistence and dedication that Martha Hughes Cannon had in public service, science, and her home life. Young women should know that we stand behind them and the remarkable accomplishments that they make in the face of impossible odds.”

Rep. Spackman Moss said, “Women of intellect and academic achievement have not been celebrated and memorialized to the extent of men in this state and in the country.”

Rep. Elizabeth Weight stated, “Yes, we are recognizing Martha, but we are also celebrating her leadership in 150 years of women’s right to vote in Utah. We are remembering all the women who have fought for rights for themselves and for those without a voice.  This is a celebration and recognition of the valuable roles that women in politics, science, and all spheres of life have had in our society.”

Rep. Mark Wheatley said, “We are not demoting Philo, but rather, we are giving due recognition of Martha Hughes Cannon, her work in public office, and her fight for equality. She was a strong woman who was not afraid of fighting an uphill battle for those left out of the political process.”