Brigham Young was born in Whitingham, Vermont
on June 1, 1801, the son of John and Abigail Howe Young.
In 1832 at the age of 22, Brigham Young was baptized into the LDS Church and joined the Mormon settlement in Kirtland, Ohio
in 1833. He was ordained an apostle in 1835, and later became prophet and president of the Church after Joseph Smith
was killed by mob violence in Carthage, Illinois
Hailed as a Modern-day Moses, Young played a critical role in holding the persecuted church together by organizing the exodus along what is now known as the Mormon Trail: first to Winter Quarters, Nebraska, in 1846, and finally on to Utah's Salt Lake Valley
where Young and an advance party arrived on July 24, 1847. The date is now commemorated as Pioneer Day in Utah
and celebrated as a state holiday.