Brigham Young was an American leader in the Latter Day Saint movement. He was the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death. He was also the founder of Salt Lake City and the first governor of the Utah Territory, United States. Brigham Young University was named in his honor.Young had a variety of nicknames, among the most popular being “American Moses,” (alternatively the “Modern Moses” or the “Mormon Moses”) because, like the Biblical figure, Young led his followers, the Mormon pioneers, in an exodus through a desert, to what they saw as a promised land. Young was also dubbed the “Lion of the Lord” for his bold personality, and was commonly called “Brother Brigham” by Latter-day Saints.