[George Q. Cannon]
Among other business, Brother John Henry Smith announced his desire to be a candidate for the United States Senate in case his party, the [William F.] McKinley wing of the Republican Party should get in power here. He said he was desirous to serve his country, etc., etc. It was moved by President Joseph F. Smith, and seconded by President [Lorenzo] Snow that there were no objections to his trying to get this position. The proposition did not strike me very pleasantly, as I think the highest office any man can hold on the earth is that of an apostle, and to magnify that properly, it seems to me, requires all his time and is powers. I myself, however, have gone to Congress while an apostle, but it was because I was urged to do so, and not from any desire of mine. I would rather have gone on any mission to preach the gospel than to have gone there, and so told President [Brigham] Young when he proposed that I should go to Washington [D.C.].
[Source: George Q. Cannon, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]