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Brigham Young, Served 1847–-1877
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Birth: Born June 1, 1801, in Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont, to John Young and Abigail Howe.

Ordained an Apostle: Feb. 14, 1835, at age 33.

Became President: Dec. 27, 1847, at age 46. Served 30 years (1847–1877).

Death: Died on Aug. 29, 1877, at the age of 76, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah.

Brigham Young

Historical Summary
1801 June 1   Born in Whitingham, Windham County, Vermont, to John Young and Abigail Howe.
1814–1821 Age 14–20 Mother died; Began to earn his own way in life, eventually becoming a master carpenter.
1832 Spring Age 30 Baptized into the Church and ordained an elder.
1832 Fall Age 31 Met the Prophet Joseph Smith in Kirtland, Ohio.
1832–1833 Age 31–32 Undertook missionary tours through Ohio, New York, and Ontario, Canada.
1833 Age 32 Moved household to Kirtland, Ohio.
1834 May Age 32 Acted as captain in Zion's Camp.
1835 February 14 Age 33 Ordained as one of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve.
1838 Age 37 Directed evacuation of Saints from Missouri to Illinois.
1839–1841 Age 38–40 Served a mission to Great Britain.
1840 April 14 Age 38 Sustained as President of the Quorum of the Twelve.
1844–1847 Age 43–46 Led the Church as President of the Quorum of the Twelve.
1845 July 13 Age 44 First of the Mormon Battalion enlistments took place.
1845 December Age 44 First endowments performed in Nauvoo Temple.
1847 January 14 Age 45 Received section 136 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Saw Joseph Smith in vision and was given valuable instruction.
1846 May 1 Age 44 Nauvoo Temple publicly dedicated.
1846–1847 Age 45–46 Led the exodus to Salt Lake Valley and returned to Winter Quarters, Nebraska.
1847 December 27 Age 46 Sustained as President of the Church at Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Iowa.
1848 April Age 46 Returned to Salt Lake Valley.
1849 March 5 Age 47 Became governor of the newly organized State of Deseret.
1849 October Age 48 Perpetual Emigration Fund organized.
1849 December 9 Age 48 First Sunday School held.
1851 Age 49 Became governor of the Territory of Utah.
1853 April 6 Age 51 Laid cornerstones for Salt Lake Temple.
1857–1858 Age 56–57 Utah War. Released as governor after eight–year term.
1861 October 18 Age 60 Received first telegram on the transcontinental telegraph line.
1867 Age 66 Tabernacle on Temple Square (Salt Lake City, Utah) completed.
1869 May 10 Age 67 Railroad came to Utah.
1869 November 28 Age 68 Young Women Mutual Improvement Association organized.
1876 December 8 Age 75 Young Men Mutual Improvement Association organized.
1877 April 6 Age 75 St. George Utah Temple dedicated.
1877 August 29 Age 76 Died in Salt Lake City, Utah.


2003 Church Almanac (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, c2002).
My Kingdom Shall Roll Forth: Readings in Church History (Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, c1979).