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  • Utah was admitted to the Union as a state January 4, 1896, the forty-fifth of the current fifty states making up the United States of America. The most unique feature of its history is the settlement of the Great Salt Lake Basin and adjacent lands by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, or Mormons), the earliest trek arriving in 1847 through 1848. Culturally and politically, the Territory of Utah (which included the present-day state of Nevada) and the early history of the eventual state of Utah were characterized by competition between Mormon and non-Mormon (gentile) populations. Each had cause to distrust the other.

    Mormon leader Brigham Young was unsuccessful in applying for immediate admission of the proposed state of Deseret to ...

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