Interesting exercise, probably for an undergraduate college history student: What became of these men during their service in the Utah Territory, and afterward? What effect did they have on Utah’s history, and Utah on them?
On September 26, 1850, Millard Fillmore sent the Senate, for confirmation, his nominations of officers to run the Utah Territory, three years after Brigham Young had led the first band of Latter-day Saints into the Salt Lake Valley to settle; Fillmore nominated Brigham Young as Governor of the Territory:
National Archives notes: Executive Nominations for the First Session of the 31st Congress, 12/03/1849 – 09/30/1850
Production Dates: 09/26/1850
Notes in red ink indicate that confirmation dates for each of these nominees — all but one done two days later. Fillmore’s nominee to be U.S. marshall in the territory wasn’t confirmed until the following February.
Amazing to think of the speed with which these confirmations occurred, compared to today’s U.S. Senate — and remembering that Congress was not particularly friendly to Fillmore.
- Brigham Young, of Utah, to be governor of the Utah territory
- Broughton Davis Harris, of Vermont, to be Secretary of the territory
- Joseph Buffington, of Pennsylvania, to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Utah Territory
- Perry E. Brocchus, of Alabama, to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Utah Territory
- Zerubabbel Snow, of Ohio, to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Utah Territory
- Seth Blain, of Utah, to be U.S. Attorney
- Joseph L. Haywood, of Utah, to be U.S. Marshall.
What other odd little delights are hidden away in the on-line holdings of the National Archives? What sort of DBQ exercise can history teachers make out of this stuff?
- ‘Do you pray for the senators, Dr. Hale?’ No, I look at the senators and I pray for the country… Edward Everett Hale (sesquicentenary.wordpress.com)