Brigham Young by Leonard J. Arrington

By Leonard J. Arrington

Brigham younger involves lifestyles during this superlative biography that provides him as a Mormon chief, a company genius, a relations guy, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on an unlimited variety of assets, together with files, own diaries, and personal correspondence, Leonard J. Arrington brings younger to lifestyles as a towering but absolutely human determine, the impressive captain of his humans and his church for thirty years, who mixed piety and the pursuit of strength to go away an indelible stamp on Mormon society and the tradition of the Western frontier. From polygamy to the Mountain Meadows bloodbath to the tried upkeep of Young’s nice Basin country, we're given a clean realizing of the controversies that plagued younger in his contentious kin with the government. Brigham Young attracts its topic out of the marginal position in historical past to which the traditional knowledge has assigned him, and units him squarely within the American mainstream, a determine of abiding effect in our society to today.

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Esplin, Research Historian with the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History at Brigham Young University, whose primary assignment, from 1973 to 1980, was to assist with the organization and identification of the enormous mass of Brigham Young papers in the LDS Church Archives, Salt Lake City. Dr. Esplin’s acquaintance with these papers and his willingness to share his expertise have made it possible for me to use these masses of materials with the greatest effectiveness. He also supervised the preparation of typescripts of much of this material.

At the age of twenty-three Brigham borrowed a horse and carriage from William Hayden’s father, rented a house up the road, and married Miriam. 37 Perhaps by prearrangement, Weed presided at the marriage of Brigham’s sister Louisa to Joel Sanford the next day. William Hayden later declared that Brigham and Miriam spent their honeymoon in a modest log dwelling at the rear of the Hayden farm, across from the pail factory where Brigham worked. The home they established in Aurelius township was approximately sixteen by twenty-four feet, with a fireplace, two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, and living room.

He was a hard-headed Yankee businessman, as shrewdly aware of the West’s exploitable properties as were the men who put together Wells Fargo, the pony express, the transcontinental railway. But he exerted every ounce of his personal and ecclesiastical influence to keep his people out of the California gold fields; he poured the surplus of the church into bringing emigrants to his mountain Zion; and when the United States Army threatened the Mormons, he stood ready to abandon and burn all that they had accumulated.

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