George W. Brimhall
|George W. Brimhall|
|Born||George Washington Brimhall
November 14, 1814
South Trenton, New York, United States
|Died||September 30, 1895
Utah, United States
|Resting place||Spanish Fork City Cemetery
George Washington Brimhall (George H. Brimhall.November 14, 1814-September 30, 1895 ) was a politician in territorial Utah. He was the father of
Brimhall was the son of Sylvanus Brimhall and his wife the former Lydia Ann Guiteau. He was born along Canada Creek in the state of New York. In 1827 the family moved to Olean Point, New York and a short time later to Melville, Cattaraugus County, New York. After cutting and milling lumber at this location, the Brimhalls loaded it into a boat, went down the Allegany River to Pittsburgh and sold it, and then went down the Ohio to Dearborn County, Indiana. In 1837 Brimhall moved with his family to McHenry County, Illinois.
Brimhall joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in McHenry County, Illinois in 1842. He spent the next two years as a missionary in McHenry and surrounding counties and then moved to Nauvoo in March 1844. Shortly after this he moved to Knoxville, Illinois where he met Lucretia Metcalf whom he married in July 1845. Lucretia was opposed to going west with the Mormons. Brimhall hoped if he went to Utah he would be able to persuade her to come and join him with their three children. He left in 1850 but shortly after reaching Utah learned she had divorced him and remarried.
Brimhall was sent to Iron County, Utah in 1850 as part of the Iron Mission, one of the efforts coordinated by Brigham Young to facilitate the growth of Utah's economy. In 1852 Brimhall was elected to the Utah Territorial Legislature. Early that year he married Rachel Ann Meyer.
In 1854 Brimhall moved to Ogden where he served on the City Council. He served three years on the Ogden City Council and three terms in the Utah State legislature.
Brimhall moved to Salt Lake City from Ogden in 1863. He was then in 1864 called to be part of the mission that settled St. George, Utah and vicinity. Brimhall later moved to Spanish Fork, Utah where he lived until the time of his death.
George and Rachel were the parents of ten children. He served for many years as a patriarch of the Utah Stake, which then included all of Utah County. He still held this position at the time of his death.
- Ernest L. Wilkinson, ed., Brigham Young University: The First 100 Years. (Provo: BYU Press, 1975) p. 331-332.
- Jenson, Andrew (1901). Latter-day Saint biographical encyclopedia: A compilation of biographical sketches of prominent men and women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Andrew Jenson History Company (Printed by The Deseret News Press). pages 714-715
- Jenson, Andrew (1920). Latter-day Saint biographical encyclopedia: A compilation of biographical sketches of prominent men and women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Andrew Jenson History Company (Printed by Printed by The Arrow Press). page 325
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- bio of George Washington Brimhall
- Orson F. Whitney. History of Utah: Biographical. p. 169-170.
- George W. Brimhall at Find a Grave