Howard W. Cannon

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Howard W. Cannon (1912-2002)

Howard W. Cannon was born and raised in St. George, Utah. He graduated from Dixie College and then received his Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State Teachers College, and then a law degree from the University of Arizona. While at Dixie College, he played and directed his own dance band, “The Lumberjacks.” They played everywhere keeping the players in spending money during some very hard times.

After being admitted to the Utah Bar, he served as reference attorney to the Utah State Senate and as Washington County Attorney. During World War II, his plane was shot down behind enemy lines, but he evaded capture for 42 days and reached allied lines safely. Along with several other awards he was given the Purple Heart and Presidential Citation. He was elected to the United States Senate in Nevada in 1958, a position he held for 24 years. He holds the rank of Major General in the United States Air Force Reserve. He has received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from UNLV and Arizona State University. Among numerous honors, he received the NASA Distinguished Service Award in 1982, the Wright Brothers Memorial Award in 1971, and the American Security Council Coalition for Peach Through Strength Leadership Award. He and his wife, the former Dorothy Pace, have one son and one daughter.