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
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service
  • 1882–1888
  • 1898–1899
  • 1918–1919
Rank Brigadier General
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 he graduated from Columbia Law School, and practiced as a military attorney until 1888, when he returned to Utah to open a private law practice.

He reentered the military during the Spanish–American War, and led the Utah Light Artillery 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 later returned to private legal practice, acting as attorney for the Idaho Sugar Company (later becoming the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company).[1]

In 1918 he was commissioned as a brigadier general, and he led a U.S. artillery brigade in France. He died of appendicitis in 1919.

Richard 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. This means that 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

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