Brigham Young: The New York Years

By Richard F. Palmer and Karl D. Butler

Brigham Young is remembered today as one of the most controversial and legendary personalities in American history dynamic religious leader and hearty pioneer who led the Mormons to the Great Basin in 1847. What many don't know is that Brigham Young prepared for his life's mission in the state of New York.

Richard F. Palmer, formerly of the Syracuse Herald Journal, is currently editor of the Baldwinsville Messenger weekly, senior editor of Inland Seas (the Great Lakes Historical Society quarterly), and a columnist for the Crooked Lake Review. He is the author of seven books, including "Old Line Mail" Stagecoach Days in Upstate New York, Brigham Young: The New York Years, and Rails in the North Wood. He has published on Mormon history themes in BYU Studies and elsewhere.

Karl D. Butler, Ph.D., Cornell University, is a retired agricultural consultant and longtime Syracuse Post Standard columnist. As president of the AIC farmers' cooperative and assistant to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson, he promoted farm products and a farmer exchange program on trips through Africa, Brazil, India, Russia, and Taiwan. He is the co-author of several books, including Brigham Young: The New York Years; has published in Collier's, the Saturday Evening Post, and elsewhere; and is responsible for having helped restore the Peter Whitmer house in Fayette, New York. He currently serves on the board of the Boyce Thompson Southwest Arboretum in Tucson, Arizona.