Artist: Kraig Varner
Collection: Capitol Collection
Location: second floor of the Capitol, north wing
In 1851, U.S. President Millard Fillmore appointed Brigham Young as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Kraig Varner sculpted this monumental bronze statue of Brigham Young. Varner chose a young, striding likeness of the civic leader, church president, and regional colonizer. In the larger-than-life portrait, Varner captures the personality of the man historians often refer to as the American Moses.