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Brigham Young was the founder of Salt Lake City and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1847 until his death in 1877. Young was drawn to Mormonism after reading the "Book of Mormon" in 1830. The church and Brigham Young are well known for the practice of polygamy. Young had 56 children by 16 of his wives; 46 of his children reached adulthood. He is pictured in the center with many wives surrounding him.