Anthony Lund was born in Denmark in 1844. Lund was one of the 2,000 Danes persuaded to emigrate to the United States by Mormon missionaries. Lund arrived in 1862 and settled in Sanpete County. Lund became the leader of this group and he served as a member of Utah's territorial legislature. He was also president the LDS Church for over twenty years. Lund, who was considered the church's main historian, died in 1931.