150 years ago today - Jul 1, 1873

Brigham Young's son Willard is the first Mormon admitted as a cadet in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduates on 16 June 1875, "second in discipline" and "fourth in over-all standing" within his class. Second Mormon at West Point is Brigham's nephew Richard W. Young in 1878. After two years as the first Mormon at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, Brigham's son Feramorz L. Young resigns "in good standing" in December 1876 because he decides against a military career. In the twentieth century, hundreds of Mormons graduate from U.S. military academies.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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