Brigham Young was an American religious leader, politician, and settler. He was the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1847 until his death in 1877. He founded Salt Lake City and he served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Young also led the foundings of the precursors to the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Young had many nicknames, among the most popular being “American Moses”, because, like the biblical figure, Young led his followers, the Mormon pioneers, in an exodus through a desert, to what they saw as a promised land. Young was dubbed by his followers the “Lion of the Lord” for his bold personality and commonly was called “Brother Brigham” by Latter-day Saints. A polygamist, Young had 55 wives. He instituted a church ban against conferring the priesthood on men of black African descent, and also led the church during the Utah War against the United States.
About Brigham Young
American religious leader who served as the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1847 until his death in 1877. He notably helped found several educational institutions which are now known as the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.
He established a Mormon community in Kirtland, Ohio shortly after the death of his first wife.
He founded Salt Lake City, Utah, and is also responsible for the construction of the famous Mormon Temple.
He was a practicing polygamist and had 55 wives and 56 children.
Millard Filmore put him in charge of American Indian affairs in the now-Utah territory.
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