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Brigham Young

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Brigham Young

2nd President of the Mormon Church


Who was Brigham Young?

Brigham Young was the 2nd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. He has been referred to by some as a “Modern Moses” because, like the biblical figure, he led his followers on an exodus through the desert to the promised land. Brigham Young was the founder of Salt Lake City and he became the first Governor of the Utah Territory. He was a polygamist and had at least 26 wives and possibly as many as 55. The discrepancy is due to differences in what people define as a wife. He has also been called the father of Mormon polygamy even though his predecessor Joseph Smith was also a polygamist with possibly as many as 30 wives.

Famous Kin

Brigham Young is the 3rd great-grandfather of legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young who led the San Francisco 49ers to victory in Super Bowl XXIX. He also has a number of U.S. presidential kin including George Washington, Calvin Coolidge, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Roosevelt, and both Presidents Bush. He also has kinship to fellow Mormon and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney. Family connections to U.S. First Ladies include Grace Coolidge and Lucretia Garfield.

Brigham Young has a number of celebrities in his family tree. These include singer Britney Spears, TV personality Kim Kardashian, and actors Mark Wahlberg, Raquel Welch, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Ted Danson, Matt Damon, Lucille Ball, Anthony Perkins, Halle Berry, and Humphrey Bogart. Historical figures with kinship to Brigham Young include the American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, inventor Eli Whitney, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, rocket scientist Robert Goddard, John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed), and signer of the Declaration of Independence William Whipple. His literary kin include authors John Steinbeck, Tennessee Williams, Louis Auchincloss, Thomas Pynchon, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Brigham Young

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Charles Edward Merrill

Co-Founder of Merrill Lynch & Company

6th cousin 4 times removed
via David Stone

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

6th cousin 5 times removed
via David Stone

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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Thomas Brigham

(c1603 - 1653)
Susan & Ellen passenger 1635

4th great-grandfather

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Isaac Mixer

(c1602 - 1655)
Elizabeth passenger 1634

4th great-grandfather

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Edward Garfield

(c1583 - 1672)
Great Migration Immigrant 1634

4th great-grandfather

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Reinold Marvin

(c1594 - 1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1640

5th great-grandfather

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Matthew Marvin

(c1600 - 1678/9)
Increase passenger 1635

5th great-granduncle
via Edward Marvin

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Barbara (Pierce) Bush

First Lady of President George H.W. Bush

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Reinold Marvin

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George W. Bush

43rd U.S. President

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Reinold Marvin

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Gerald Ford

38th U.S. President

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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Mamie (Doud) Eisenhower

First Lady of President Dwight Eisenhower

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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Florence (Kling) Harding

First Lady of President Warren G. Harding

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Edward Marvin

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Nancy (Davis) Reagan

First Lady of President Ronald Reagan

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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Samuel Huntington

Signer of the Declaration of Independence

4th cousin 3 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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General William Tecumseh Sherman

Union Army - U.S. Civil War

7th cousin
via Edward Marvin

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Edwin Hubble

Astronomer

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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Eliphalet Remington

Founder of Remington Arms Company

7th cousin
via Edward Marvin

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Ben Affleck

Movie Actor

7th cousin 6 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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Bill Gates

Founder of Microsoft

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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Averell Harriman

48th Governor of New York

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Edward Marvin

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Howard Dean

79th Governor of Vermont

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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Kate Upton

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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P.T. Barnum

Co-Founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus

7th cousin
via Edward Marvin

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Charles Dawes

30th U.S. Vice-President

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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