Brigham Young at Home Author:Clarissa Young Spencer and Mabel Harmer Clarissa Young was born in Utah in 1860. Her father was Brigham Young, and it is clear that she loved him dearly. Her writing is very biased. — Rather than revealing the fundamentals of the religion or the complexity of plural marriage, Clarissa describes her father's many accomplishments. To her way of thinking, he did everything but hang the... more » moon, and chances are, he may have had a hand in that as well. Although Brigham was Utah's first governor, he "was counted as one of the best when it came to swinging an ax." He designed and printed currency, took great care and satisfaction in developing theatres, designed buildings still in existence today, imported sugar and silkworm factories, made peace with the Indians...Well, you get the idea.
Clarissa's book is, nevertheless, an interesting history of Utah, early travel, manufacturing and communication as American developed westward in the 1850s and 60s. She does not indicate the source of her information, whether she experienced events first hand, learned them at her father's knee, or did research at the library.
When Brigham died in 1877, he was survived by 19 wives and more than 50 children.« less