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Salt Lake in Utah. On July 24, 1847, the first contingent arrived
at their “Promised Land” when Young and 147 Mormon pilgrims arrived at the Salt Lake Valley. In 1851, the colonizer and founder
of “Great Salt Lake City” was appointed the territory’s first governor by President Millard Fillmore. In his lifetime, Young supervised
the trek of nearly 80,000 pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley; founded 400 settlements, towns and cities; established a system of land distribution later ratified by Congress; and served as the first territorial governor of Utah for two terms, as first superintendent
of Indian Affairs of Utah Territory, and as Church President for 30 years. With scarce provisions and resources, Brigham organized cooperative efforts to dig canals; construct roads; build telegraph lines, gristmills and tanneries; and established new industries including: cotton and woolen mills, iron foundries, a sugar beet factory and railroads. All of this took place under his meticulous personal direction. In a short period of time, he built a country within a country. Young was a human dynamo as a planner
and builder of community but also encouraged advancements
in human nature, encouraging not only hard work but dance, singing, reading “and anything else that will expand our frames, add fire to spirit, improve minds and make all citizens feel free and untrammeled in body and mind”. Young and his followers exercised their rights as provided in our Constitution and were obviously strong believers in the First and Second Amendments (particularly the Second Amendment to defend the First).
 LOT 92
Historic Factory Engraved C. Sharps & Co. Breech Loading Percussion Pistol-Rifle Documented to Brigham Young with a Notarized Affidavit from a Direct Descendant of
Brigham Young - Serial no. 79, 36 cal., 25 1/8 inch round bbl., brown/blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. In 2016, Rock Island Auction Company was graced with the task of bringing to auction Brigham Young’s presentation Colt Pocket Revolver presented by
H. E. Dimick and Company while Young was Governor of Utah. That spring, it sold for $632,500. We are now pleased to add to that legacy with the presentation of Young’s exquisitely engraved Sharps Pistol Rifle.
Brigham Young, often referred to as “The American Moses,” was the second leader and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints (LDS Church) and served in that capacity from 1844 until his death in 1877. Young made the decision to lead the church members on a mass exodus through the Mexican-controlled southwest wilderness that eventually ended in the forming of a permanent Latter Day Saint community in the valley of the Great
The Beehive House was the Primary Residence of Brigham Young and the Executive Mansion of the Utah Territory from 1852-1855

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