Historical records matching Alfred Cumming, Governor Utah Territory
About Alfred Cumming, Governor Utah Territory
Alfred Cumming (1802–1873) was appointed governor of the Utah territory in 1858 replacing Brigham Young following the Utah War. Born in Augusta, Georgia and mayor of the city.
President Buchanan first decided to appoint a new governor in place of Brigham Young. The position was offered to several individuals who refused, and the President finally settled on Alfred Cumming during the summer. While Young became aware of the change in territorial administration through press reports and other sources, he received no official notification of his replacement until Cumming arrived in the Territory in November 1857.
Cumming was also:
Sutler to Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War and at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri
Superintendent of the Upper Missouri Indian Superintendency
Cumming was a Democrat and was appointed Governor of Utah Territory in 1858 by President James Buchanan. He served as governor until 1861 and returned to Washington, DC. His wife Elzabeth died in 1867. He was the brother of Henry Harford Cumming, and the uncle of his son, Brigadier General Alfred Cumming (CSA).
Alfred Cumming, Governor Utah Territory's Timeline
September 4, 1802
Richmond, Georgia, USA
October 9, 1873
Augusta, Columbia, Georgia, USA