John Taylor and Brigham Young: priceless!

‎”Back in 1935 I interviewed an old gentlemen (sic) who had known both [Brigham Young and John Taylor].

He told me of being in President Young’s office at Salt Lake City one morning when John Taylor passed the open door.

“Little Beau Brummell!” Brigham called mockingly.

John Taylor stiffened, turned, and came in. Brigham’s sardonic comment was occasioned by the fact that Taylor wore a new spring outfit, striped trousers, jacket with velvet collar, fancy waistcoat, a ruffled shirt, rich cravat, with heavy gold watch chains cuff links, and tie clamp. In contrast, Brigham Young dressed plainly. In the New England of his early life, when a young man reached twenty one he received a pair of sturdy boots and an overcoat, and these were expected to last him the remainder of his life. During his thirty-year reign in Utah he never ceased railing at the foolish frills of fashion. However, a signal failure in a remarkably successful career was his attempt to persuade women to adopt the Deseret Costume, and all dress alike.

As John Taylor stopped before Brigham’s desk, the contrast between the two men was striking. Taylor, a veritable fashion plate, was tall and muscular, his deep tan contrasting to a snow-white thatch of curly hair. Brigham, obese and stiff with rheumatism wore a rumpled suit with soup stains on the vest, I was told.

“President Young,” Taylor said stiffly, “I sustain you in your office as prophet, seer, and revelator. But,” he added, “I despise you as a human being.”

Then with a curt, “Good day, Sir,” he turned on his heel and marched out.”

Samuel W. Taylor, “Never Friends: Brigham Young and John Taylor,” Special Collections,
Utah State University, Logan, Utah, Leonard J. Arrington Historical Archives Collection 1, Series IX, Box 57, Folder 16, 1-2. _johnny

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