Brigham Young (1801-1877)

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Alternate Names Brother Brigham, Lion of the Lord, American Moses, Modern Moses, Mormon Moses, Great Colonizer
Birth 1 June 1801[1]
Whitingham, Windham, Vermont, United States
Marriage Wives of Brigham Young
Death 29 August 1877[2]
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Gender Male
Religious Influence Methodist, Church of Christ (1830), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Callings President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 1840 - 27 Dec 1847
President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 27 Dec 1847[3] - 29 Aug 1877
Occupations Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer[4]; Governor of Utah Territory, 3 Feb 1851[5] - 12 Apr 1858[6]
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DBpedia Brigham Young
FamilySearch KWJH-9QN, L6GC-SFT
GND 118990705
ISNI 0000 0001 2118 1785
JSPP Young, Brigham
LCCN n50013614
MPOT 480
VIAF 2772589
Wikidata Q203559
Wikipedia Brigham Young
WorldCat Young, Brigham 1801-1877

Published Works

  • The resurrection: a discourse by Brigham Young, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered in the New Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, at the General Conference, October 8th, 1875. (1875)
  • Discourses of Brigham Young, selected and arranged by John A. Widtsoe (1925)
  • The essential Brigham Young (1992)
  • The complete discourses of Brigham Young, 5 volumes, edited by Richard S. Van Wagoner (2009)


Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

  • Alexander, Thomas G. Brigham Young, the Quorum of the Twelve, and the Latter-day Saint investigation of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2007.
  • Arrington, Leonard J. Brigham Young: American Moses. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1986.
  • Bagley, Will. Blood of the prophets: Brigham Young and the massacre at Mountain Meadows. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002.
  • Bringhurst, Newell G. Brigham Young and the expanding American frontier. Boston: Little, Brown, 1986.
  • Burt, Olive Woolley. Brigham Young. New York: Julian Messner Inc, 1956.
  • "The Death of Brigham Young." Salt Lake Tribune 13, no. 106 (30 Aug 1877): 4. (accessed 13 Mar 2015).
  • "Death of President Brigham Young." Deseret News 26, no. 31 (5 Sep 1877): 488. (accessed 13 Mar 2015).
  • Esshom, Frank. "Young, Brigham." Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Salt Lake City: Utah Pioneers Book Publishing Company, 1913. Pages 1267-1270. (accessed 7 Mar 2015).
  • Gates, Susa Young. The life story of Brigham Young. New York: Macmillan, 1930.
  • Gunderson, Cory Gideon. Brigham Young: pioneer and prophet. Mankato, Minnesota: Bridgestone Books, 2003.
  • Hirshson, Stanley P. The Lion of the Lord: a biography of Brigham Young. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969.
  • Jenson, Andrew. "Young, Brigham." LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 1. Salt Lake City, Utah: Andrew Jenson History Company, 1901. Pages 8-14. (accessed 12 Mar 2015).
  • _______. "Young, Brigham." LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 4. Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson Memorial Company, 1936. Page 321. and Page 724. (accessed 9 Sep 2013).
  • "Obituary." Deseret News 26, no. 31 (5 Sep 1877): 488-89. (accessed 13 Mar 2015).
  • Orton, Chad M.; Slaughter, William W. 40 Ways to Look at Brigham Young: A New Approach to a Remarkable Man. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2008.
  • Roberts, David. Devil's gate: Brigham Young and the great Mormon handcart tragedy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.
  • Sanford, William R.; Green, Carl R. Brigham Young: pioneer and Mormon leader. Springfield, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 1996.
  • _______. Brigham Young: courageous Mormon leader. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2013.
  • Simon, Charnan. Brigham Young: Mormon and pioneer. New York: Children's Press, 1998.
  • Taves, Ernest H. This is the place: Brigham Young and the new Zion. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1991.
  • Turner, John. Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.
  • West, Ray Benedict. Kingdom of the Saints: the story of Brigham Young and the Mormons. New York: Viking Press, 1957.

Related Entries


  1. "Death of President Brigham Young," Deseret News, 5 Sep 1877, 488.
  2. "The Death of Brigham Young." Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug 1877, 4.
  3. Historian's Office general Church minutes, 1839-1877, entry for 27 Dec 1847, CR 100 318, Church History Library.
  4. "Young, Brigham," Joseph Smith Papers,
  5. "Utah's new capitol grows from humble beginning; first political sessions were held in council house; fight for statehood". Salt Lake Telegram. October 22, 1916.
  6. Whitney, History of Utah, vol. 1, page 672.