Charles Durkee

A native of Royalton, Vermont, born in 1805, Durkee became a business, civic, and political leader in Wisconsin, serving as territorial legislator, congressman, and U.S. senator (1855–61), affiliated at various times with the Liberty, Free Soil, and Republican parties. Appointed governor in 1865, Durkee pursued an energetic course oriented toward territorial development and harmony with the Mormons, although he was …

James Duane Doty

Born in Salem, New York, in 1799, Doty married Sarah Collins and served in several government posts in Michigan before moving to Wisconsin, where he was a delegate to Congress, territorial governor (1841–44), and state legislator. Originally a Democrat, he became a Free Soiler and then a Republican.  Abraham Lincoln named him superintendent of Indian affairs for Utah in 1861 …

Stephen Selwyn Harding

A native of Ontario County, New York, and an ardent abolitionist, Harding married Avoline Sprout and practiced law in Indiana before Abraham Lincoln named him governor of the Utah Territory in 1862. Conciliatory toward the Mormons at first, he soon became critical of church leaders and the practice of polygamy. The Mormons successfully petitioned for his removal. He served as …

John W. Dawson

Born in 1820, a native of Cambridge, Indiana, Dawson married Amanda Thornton and was a lawyer, farmer, and newspaper editor before entering politics as a KnowNothing. He later was a Democrat, and finally a Republican. Abraham Lincoln named him governor in 1861. Antagonistic toward the Mormons and despised by them, Dawson left for the East after less than a month …

Alfred Cumming

Charles S. Peterson Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Alfred Cumming was the second governor of Utah Territory. A native of Augusta, Georgia, where he was born in 1802, Cumming was of a distinguished family and was widely experienced in Western political and business affairs. He had served as mayor of Augusta, as sutler to Zachary Taylor’s army in the Mexican War …

Brigham Young

Newell G. Bringhurst Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Brigham Young was born in 1801 born in Whittingham, Vermont. He was the ninth of eleven children, growing up in an unsettled frontier environment characterized by frequent family moves to various communities throughout upstate New York. Despite the influences of a strict, moralistic family and being exposed to the religious fervor that characterized …

Gary R. Herbert

Gary Richard Herbert is Utah’s seventeenth governor. Prior to becoming governor, he served as Lieutenant Governor under Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. for nearly five years, before taking the Oath of Office on Aug. 11, 2009. Governor Herbert was born in American Fork, Utah, and raised in Orem, Utah. After graduating from Orem High School, Mr. Herbert served a two-year …

Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. is a lifelong Utahn. He has helped manage his family’s company, served as president of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and served on the boards of other large companies. He has also worked in government, as a White House staff assistant, deputy assistant Secretary of Commerce, U.S. ambassador to Singapore, and U.S. trade ambassador. He has worked …

Olene S. Walker

Olene S. Walker was sworn in as Utah’s 15th and first female governor on November 5, 2003. While serving as Utah’s first female lieutenant governor, Walker spearheaded many important initiatives including education programs, budget security measures, healthcare reform, and workforce development. She led the Healthcare Reform Task Force that resulted in establishing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ensuring affordable healthcare …

Michael Okerland Leavitt

Jay M. Haymond Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Michael O. Leavitt is Utah’s fourteenth governor since statehood was achieved. He was born 11 February 1951 in Cedar City, Iron County. He is the oldest child of Anne and Dixie Leavitt, who are the parents of five other sons. He gained much of his early training on the Leavitt ranch in Loa, …