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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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Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

President and CEO of I.B.M.

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

5th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Geena Davis

Movie and TV Actress

4th cousin 4 times removed
via Samuel Brigham

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Daniel Henry Chamberlain

76th Governor of South Carolina

5th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Brigham

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Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

President and CEO of I.B.M.

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Edward Frost

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Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

President and CEO of I.B.M.

5th cousin 5 times removed
via John Maynard

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Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

President and CEO of I.B.M.

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Rice

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Daniel Henry Chamberlain

76th Governor of South Carolina

5th cousin 1 time removed
via Simon Stone

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Daniel Henry Chamberlain

76th Governor of South Carolina

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Edward Frost

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Daniel Henry Chamberlain

76th Governor of South Carolina

5th cousin 1 time removed
via John Maynard

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Daniel Henry Chamberlain

76th Governor of South Carolina

5th cousin
via Abraham Howe

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Daniel Henry Chamberlain

76th Governor of South Carolina

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Rice

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King Charles III

King of the United Kingdom

6th cousin 6 times removed
via Wolston Child

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Rainn Wilson

TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 6 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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Frank G. Allen

51st Governor of Massachusetts

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Wolston Child

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician

5th cousin 3 times removed
via John Hayden

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Wolston Child

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician

5th cousin 4 times removed
via John Bent

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Edward Frost

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician

5th cousin 4 times removed
via Thomas Axtell

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Rice

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir William Cope

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Shelley Fabares

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 5 times removed
via Henry Loker alias Riddlesdale

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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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