President Buchanan has Alfred Cumming Replace Brigham Young as Governor of Utah Territory

President Buchanan has Alfred Cumming Replace Brigham Young as Governor of Utah Territory

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President James Buchanan selects Alfred Cumming to replace Brigham Young as governor for the territory of Utah. Cumming isn't his first choice — he offered the position to several others first, but none of them wanted it.

Along with Alfred Cumming, President Buchanan sends a military force of 2,500 army troops to enforce the laws and keep order in the Utah Territory.

During the early part of the 1850's, many federal officials resigned their positions in Utah to take up other posts back East. They claimed that they feared for their safety and that the territory is run according to the religious dictates of Brigham Young, without respect for the laws and traditions of the United States.

The most dramatic stories came from William W. Drummond, an associate justice of the Utah territorial supreme court in 1854. On March 30, 1857, he submitted his resignation, accusing the Mormon leadership of all sorts of crimes.

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