Richard Whitehead Young

Richard Whitehead Young

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 27 Dec 1919 (aged 61)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot P_9_1_1E
Memorial ID 28451559 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Son of Joseph Angell Young and Margaret Whitehead

Married - Minerva Richards, 5 Sep 1882, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.

Children - Truman Richards Young, Mary Fessenden Young, Henrietta Young, Edmund Young, Minerva Richards Young, Margaret Young, Richard Whitehead Young, Clark Young, Constance Ethel Young.


Richard Whitehead Young 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. He entered West Point in 1878, and graduated 15th in the Class of 1882. In 1884 he graduated from Columbia University 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. When the war ended, he was appointed as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Territory of the Philippines Supreme Court. He later returned to private legal practice, acting as attorney for the Idaho Sugar Company (later becoming the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company).

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


Attended: University of Utah, 1874-7.

Graduated: United States Military Academy, 1882.

1884 Bachelor of Law Degree, Columbia University.

Second Lieutenant in the United States Artillery, 1882-9.

Admitted to the NEW YORK STATE BAR 1884.

Captain Acting Judge Advocate of the United States Army, on General Hancock's Staff, 1884-6.

1889: Began Law Practice in Salt Lake City Utah.

Member Salt Lake City Council, 1890-1. Service on the Board of Education, 1890-4.

Brigadier-General Utah National Guard, 1894.

Captain and Major commanding Utah Light Artillery, Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection,1898-9.

Awarded Medal of Honor for Distinguished Services & brevetted as Lieutenant-Colonel, Colonel and Brigadier-General.

Supreme Provost Judge, Associate Justice and President of the Criminal Branch of the Supreme Court of the Phillipine Islands. Author of The Criminal Code for the Phillipine Islands.

Regent Univerty of Utah, 1905-17. Trustee Brigham Young University and Brigham Young College.

Colonel 145th Field Artillery, United States Army Stationed at Camp Kearny; appointed to the Efficiency Board at Fort Sill.

Promoted to Brigadier-General, April 12, 1918, commanding 65th Brigade, 40th Division American Expeditionary Forces in France.

1919: Began a law practice with his son, Richard W. Young, Jr.

Utah History to Go

Utah Death Certificate

Sponsored by Ancestry



  • Created by: SMSmith
  • Added: 22 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28451559
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Whitehead Young (19 Apr 1858–27 Dec 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28451559, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .