Brigham Young was born June 1, 1801 in Whittingham, Vermont into a poor Vermont farming family, Brigham Young was the ninth of eleven children. When he was three, his family moved to upstate New York.
Description of the Movement
He was part of the Mormon movement which was started in Illinois by Joseph Smith to spread Mormonism.
Why he got involved in the movement?
He got involved in 1832, after his first encounter with the Book of Mormon in 1830, and rose through the Mormon church ranks quickly, he played his most critical role after Joseph Smith was murdered by an anti-Mormon mob in 1844.
How was he involved in the movement?
He oversaw Mormon settlement in dozens of far-flung communities throughout Utah and also in Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, and California in the process becoming one of the foremost colonizers in American history.
Brigham Young - Story of a Man Without Eloquence