Mormon Leader Brigham Young Confirmed by Senate as Utah Governor Hot

Mormon Leader Brigham Young Confirmed by Senate as Utah Governor

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President Millard Fillmore's appointment of Mormon leader Brigham Young as governor of the newly created Territory of Utah is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Mormon settlers under the leadership of Brigham Young had wanted to become a state immediately, but instead they will have to wait for 46 years, far longer than the other U.S. Territories. The original plan was for a massive state that would encompass all of modern Utah and Nevada, large portions of California and Arizona, and parts of Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wyoming.

The reason why they have to wait so much longer than everyone else is that their Mormonism, and especially their practice of polygamy, creates a lot of concern among politicians in Washington, D.C. Polygamy is regarded by many Protestant Christians as akin to slavery and thus something that needs to be stamped out — with force, if necessary.

People back east also worry about the integration of religious and civil power in the Utah Territory under Brigham Young and other Mormon leaders. The "theodemocracy" which is being set up in Utah by devout Mormons will be treated as incompatible with basic American principles.

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