Joseph Angell Young (October 14, 1834 – August 5, 1875) was an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Young is one of the few Latter-day Saints in history to have been ordained to the office of apostle without ever becoming a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles or the First Presidency of the church.

Early life

Young was born in Kirtland, Ohio, the eldest child of Brigham Young and Mary Ann Angell. He was baptized into the church in Kirtland by his father at the age of eight. In 1847, Young travelled with his family and a group of Mormon pioneers from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Salt Lake Valley.


Young was a missionary for the LDS Church in England from 1854 to 1856, working in Liverpool, Manchester, and Bradford. Upon his return to Utah Territory, Young married Margaret Whitehead, a native of England. She became his second wife. Over the next few years Young was involved in the lumber industry, running several saw mills in canyons by Salt Lake City. He was also one of the main promoters of the Utah Central Railroad. In 1864, Brigham Young privately ordained two of his sons—Brigham Young, Jr. and Joseph Angell—to the priesthood office of apostle, without a public announcement or adding them to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Brigham had also previously ordained his son John Willard Young an apostle in 1855. Unlike his two brothers, Joseph Angell would never become a member of the First Presidency nor, like Brigham Jr., a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Joseph Angell was active in territorial politics and was a member of the Utah Territory's House of Representatives in its 6th, 11th, and 12th sessions and was a member of the territory's upper chamber in its 14th through 19th sessions. In 1872, Young was called to preside over the Sevier District of the church in present-day central Utah. He became the first stake president of the Sevier Stake when it was organized in 1874. Young served only a few months before dying unexpectedly in Manti, Utah Territory at the age of forty. At the time he was working on plan specifications for the Manti Utah Temple.thesis on the life of Richard W. Young
/ref> He was buried in the Brigham Young Cemetery in Salt Lake City.


Young is the father of Richard Whitehead Young, who was an Associate Justice of the U.S. Territory of the Philippines Supreme Court between 1899 and 1901.



*Jenson, Andrew. ''Latter-day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia''. vol. 1. Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Company, 1901. *Warnock, Irvin, and Lexia Warnock, eds. ''Our Own Sevier''. Richfield, Utah: Sevier County Commissioners, 1965. *Young, Brigham. ''Letters of Brigham Young to His Sons''. Edited and with an introduction by Dean C. Jessee. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1974. {{DEFAULTSORT:Young, Joseph Angell Category:1834 births Category:1875 deaths Category:American leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Category:American Mormon missionaries in England Category:Members of the Utah Territorial Legislature Category:19th-century American politicians Category:Mormon pioneers Category:People from Sevier County, Utah Category:Richards–Young family Category:19th-century Mormon missionaries Category:Apostles (LDS Church) Category:Members of the Council of Fifty Category:Burials at the Mormon Pioneer Memorial Monument Category:Latter Day Saints from Ohio Category:Latter Day Saints from Illinois Category:Latter Day Saints from Utah Category:Children of Brigham Young