| Southern Victory |
POD: September 10, 1862
|Appearance(s):|| The Center Cannot Hold|
Heber Young was the de facto, albeit unofficial and unrecognized, President of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints in the 1930s. One of the numerous descendents of Brigham Young, Heber Young represented his religion in meetings with the military governor of Utah, Abner Dowling. Always polite, Young gradually convinced Colonel Dowling and President Al Smith to remove military rule from the state of Utah in the winter of 1938.
Immediately elected Governor of Utah upon the restoration of Utah as a normal state in the Union, Young attempted to curb the rising threat of Mormon radicalism in the younger adherents to the faith. These elements grew more insistent as the Second Great War erupted, prompting Young to reach out to Congresswoman Flora Blackford to ask for help from President Smith.. Smith, already burned by the Confederate States, rebuffed those advances. Weeks later, the radicals made contact with Confederate officials and overthrew Governor Young's moderate administration in a coup d'etat, declaring secession from the United States and embroiling the Mormon people once more in open warfare with the federal government. As the radicals seized power, Governor Young formed a government-in-exile in Colorado.
- ↑ The Center Cannot Hold, pg. 458.
- ↑ Ibid.
- ↑ The Victorious Opposition, pg. 280-281.
- ↑ Ibid., pgs. 194-195.
- ↑ Ibid., pg. 196.
- ↑ Return Engagement, pg. 241.
- ↑ Ibid., pg. 272.