What did the LDS Church originally want to name Utah? • State of Deseret
What does Deseret mean? • In an ancient language it meant honeybee, which stood for industry.
The proposed state • The proposed state boundaries were very large. • They included modern day San Diego, California, Nevada, parts of Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Convention • LDS leaders held a convention and wrote a constitution to set up the State of Deseret. • They appointed Brigham Young as governor and church leaders appointed themselves to top government offices.
Taking it up with Washington • A few men took the constitution and petition to Washington, D.C., to apply for statehood. • The petition was turned down.
Compromise of 1850 • Henry Clay “The Great Compromiser” helped come up with the Compromise of 1850. • This compromise brought a solution to the problem of slave vs free states. • The North wanted the new Western territory we had just gained from Mexico to be free states and the South wanted them to be slave states. • Make two new large territories (New Mexico and Utah) and allow them to choose to be a free or slave state by popular vote.
A New Name • Members of congress did not like the name “Deseret”. • It was said that Deseret sounded to much like a dry desertand might discourage people from moving West. • So Utah was given it’s name after the biggest tribe in the area; the Ute Indian Tribe.