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Brigham Young

During Utah's history there have been 14 Territorial Governors and 17 Governors of the State.

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Young | Cumming | Dawson | Harding | Doty | Durkee | Shaffer | Vaughan | Woods | Axtell | Emery | Murray | West | Thomas

Brigham Young

1850-1858
(1801-1877)

Named governor in 1850 by Millard Fillmore, he was reappointed in 1854 by Franklin Pierce  when Lt. Col. Edward J. Steptoe refused the post. Young as territorial executive was concerned with organizing the territorial government, selecting the location of the capital and building a territorial statehouse, codification of laws, organizing and establishing a territorial library, normalizing relations with the Indians and between the federal government and the Mormons, and developing home manufacturing and agriculture. Acting on rumors that the Mormons were rebelling against federal authority, James Buchanan replaced Young as governor in 1857.

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