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Alfred Cumming (September 4, 1802 – October 9, 1873) was appointed governor of the Utah Territory in 1858 replacing Brigham Young following the Utah War, when President James Buchanan wanted a non-Mormon governor. He was born in Augusta, Georgia.

Alfred Cumming
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Mayor of Augusta, Georgia
In office
Preceded bySamuel Hale
Succeeded byJohn Phinizy
Governor of Utah Territory
In office
April 12, 1858 – May 17, 1861
Preceded byBrigham Young
Succeeded byJohn W. Dawson
Personal details
Born(1802-09-04)September 4, 1802
Augusta, Georgia, United States
DiedOctober 9, 1873 (Aged 71)
Resting placeSummerville Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic

Cumming also served as mayor of Augusta, Georgia, sutler to Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War and at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri, and superintendent of the Upper Missouri Indian Superintendency

Cumming was a Democrat and was appointed by President Buchanan. He served as governor until 1861 and returned to Washington, D.C. His wife Elizabeth died in 1867. He was the brother of Henry Harford Cumming, and the uncle of his son, brigadier general Alfred Cumming.[1][2]


  1. ^ Alfred Cumming
  2. ^ "Alfred Cumming". Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2006-07-24.
Political offices
Preceded by
Brigham Young
Governor of Utah Territory
Succeeded by
John W. Dawson