Pictures and biographies of Brigham Young and his wives: being a true and correct statement of the birth, life and death of President Brigham Young, second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints : and brief biographies of his twenty by James H. Crockwell
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Pictures and Biographies of Brigham Young and His Wives
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Brigham Young , American colonizer and second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, led the Mormons to Utah, colonized it, and served as official and unofficial governor of Oregon Territory. Brigham Young was born at Whitingham, Vt. When he was three, the family moved to an area of New York where religious mysticism and revivalism were strong. He had only two months of formal education, for the family was poor and rootless. He became a house painter and glazier, and, at the age of 22, a Methodist. He married Miriam Works, and they settled at Mendon, N.
Salt Lake City , Utah. Through most of the nineteenth century, the American West was considered the land of opportunity. Settlers and entrepreneurs moved westward for the diverse economic opportunities: to dig for gold, to herd cattle, or to farm. Yet for the Mormons, the West offered religious freedom and an escape from the persecution the religious group faced elsewhere. There he oversaw the establishment of a Mormon city and agricultural society.
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 "  alternatively, the "Modern Moses" or "Mormon 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. 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. Young was born to John Young and Abigail "Nabby" Howe, a farming family in Whitingham, Vermont , and worked as a travelling carpenter and blacksmith , among other trades. Though he had converted to the Methodist faith in , Young was drawn to Mormonism after reading the Book of Mormon shortly after its publication in