Statue of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon heads to U.S. Capitol

Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a resolution Wednesday that allows the statue of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon to replace Philo T. Farnsworth in United States Capitol. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a resolution Wednesday that allows the statue of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon to replace Philo T. Farnsworth in United States Capitol.

The resolution proposes that Utah send the statue of Cannon, the first female state senator in the nation, to symbolically represent Utah in Washington, D.C.

To pay tribute to historical figures throughout America, each state is allowed to place two statues in the U.S. Capitol.

Statues of Brigham Young, who led the largest migration in U.S. history to settle Utah, and Farnsworth, an inventor and television pioneer, have represented the Beehive State.

Now Cannon's sculpture is to be prominently placed with Young's and educate the public about the polygamous wife and doctor who claimed victory over her own husband in the Senate race of 1896.

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