Richard Whitehead Young

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Richard Whitehead Young
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Major Richard W. Young
Utah Light Artillery
Born (1858-04-19)April 19, 1858
Salt Lake City, Utah
Died December 27, 1919(1919-12-27) (aged 61)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Buried Salt Lake City Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Utah National Guard
Years of service 1882–1889, 1898–1899, 1917–1919 (Army)
1895–1896 (National Guard)
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held 65th Field Artillery Brigade
Relations Brigham Young (grandfather)
Other work attorney

Richard Whitehead Young (April 19, 1858 – December 27, 1919) was a U.S. Army Brigadier General and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines during the time that the Philippines was a U.S. Territory.

Young was born in Salt Lake City in 1858, to Joseph A. Young and his wife Margaret Whitehead. Joseph Young was the son of Brigham Young and his wife Mary Ann Angell.[1][2] He entered West Point in 1878, and graduated 15th in the Class of 1882 and was commissioned in the field artillery. In 1884, Young graduated from Columbia Law School, and practiced as a military attorney until 1888, when he returned to Salt Lake City to open a private law practice. He officially resigned from the army the following year.

Young briefly served as a brigadier general in the national guard from 1895 to 1896, and reentered the army during the Spanish–American War, leading the Utah Light Artillery Battalion in the Philippines.[1] When the war ended, he was appointed as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Territory of the Philippines Supreme Court.[1] He returned to private legal practice in 1901, acting as attorney for the Idaho Sugar Company (later becoming the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company).[1]

In 1917, Young was commissioned as colonel of the 145th Field Artillery Regiment. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1918, and commanded the 65th Field Artillery Brigade in France. He died of appendicitis in 1919, and was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.[3]

Young married Minerva Richards, the daughter of Henry Phinehas Richards and Margaret Minerva Amanda Empey. Henry Richards was a son of Phinehas Richards and his wife Wealthy Dewey, and thus a brother of Franklin D. Richards. Richard and Minerva were third cousins, since they both descended from Phineas Howe and Susannah Goddard.

Young's daughter Minerva was the wife of Adam S. Bennion.

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  1. ^ a b c d Arrington, Leonard J. (1966). Beet sugar in the West; a history of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, 1891–1966. University of Washington Press. p. 59. OCLC 234150. 
  2. ^ New Family Search genealogy for Richard Whitehead Young
  3. ^ Richard Whitehead Young at Find a Grave

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