Thursday, November 14, 2013

Opening paragraphs..........................

      From the corners of the Earth great and famous men journeyed to Salt Lake City to view him.  Generals like Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman; statesmen like William H. Seward and Schuyler Colfax; journalists and literary figures like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Greeley, Mark Twain, and Samuel Bowles;  explorers and adventurers like Richard F. Burton and Grenville M. Dodge;  and showmen like P. T. Barnum came to see and talk to him.  For Brigham Young was a marvel of his age:  the husband of seventy wives, the father of fifty-six children, the colonizer of vast areas of the West, the Yankee prophet of God, the Moses of the modern children of Israel, the religious imperialist bent on conquering the world.
-Stanley P. Hirshon,  The Lion Of The Lord:  A Biography of Brigham Young

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