|Leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at the time of the Mormon San Bernardino Colony. Born in Whitingham, Vt. He was a farmer and house painter New York before joining the church in 1832.
He led converts to Kirtland, Ohio, and a frequent missionary in the early years of the Church. He became one of the Twelve Apostles in 1835.
Young took charge of the Mormon's move to Nauvoo, Illinois when Church members were expelled fro Missouri.He led a successful mission to England from 1839 to 1841. After the death of Joseph Smith 1844, he became the leader of the Church and directed the move to the valley of the Great Salt Lake.
As governor of Utah Territory he oversaw irrigation systems, agricultural programs, and building projects. As Church President he continued to incourage European immigrants Utah and disperse them colonies through out the West.
Congress became concerned about his dual role as Church and political leader. He refused to step down when the Federal government replaced him in 1857. The government responed by sending an army to escort the new governor. The resulting "Mormon War" was settled without conflict when Young agreed to allow the new governor to assume the office.
Young remained President of the Church until his death.