Brigham Young (1801-1877)

Brigham Young (1801-1877). The second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After founder Joseph Smith was killed in 1844, Young ended up taking control of most members of the church and led them across the plains to the current state of Utah. A monument not far from Salt Lake City is called “This is the Place Heritage Park” commemorates Young coming to Utah on July 24, 1847. 

This date is a state holiday, with a large parade making its way down Salt Lake City streets. Young also has had a university (BYU) named after him and is considered to be the man most responsible for picking up the pieces and continuing the Mormon religion after Smith’s death. Young is known for some of his more peculiar teachings, including the “Adam God doctrine.” Young had more than 50 wives and preached the importance of polygamy. He is buried in Salt Lake City at the Mormon Pioneer Memorial. Besides Young, the eleven people buried in this cemetery included several of his wives (Eliza Roxy Snow (who was also married to Smith), Mary Angell Young, Lucy Ann Decker, and Mary Van Cott Young).

Also see The Faith of Brigham Young