Brigham YoungReligious Figure
Born: 1 June 1801
Died: 29 August 1877 (ruptured appendix)
Birthplace: Whitingham, Vermont
Best known as: Early Mormon leader
Brigham Young led the great Mormon migration of 1846-48 and oversaw the church's establishment and growth in Utah. An early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as the Mormons), Brigham Young was named president of the church after the 1844 murder of its founder, Joseph Smith
. Young led the Mormons west and personally chose the site of the church's new colony, which became Salt Lake City. From 1851-57 he also served as governor of the Utah Territory. As a result, he is remembered as one of the church's founding fathers and leading lights. The early Mormon church practiced polygamy, and official church histories say Brigham Young had 20 wives and 57 children; other sources claim he had a total of two dozen wives or more.
Brigham Young is the great-great-great-grandfather of former NFL quarterback Steve Young… Brigham Young (as imagined by Arthur Conan Doyle) appears in the very first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study In Scarlet.
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