Brigham Young (1801-1877)

Brigham Young was an early leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the greatest shaper of Mormon theology, and the key financial and commercial organizer of the prosperous Mormon empire in Utah. He became territorial governor of Utah and superintendent of Indian affairs, although the U.S. government eventually forced him to step down. Late in Young's life he was arrested on charges of polygamy and murder, but was acquitted. The exact number of his wives is unknown but is estimated to be between nineteen and twenty-seven. This photograph of a white-haired Young seated in a chair and holding a cane was probably taken in the last few years of his life.

Date:
1875 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Cabinet Card
Item#:
MES21505
Photographer:
Charles R. Savage (Salt Lake City)
Height:
1934px
Width:
1271px
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