The town of Quincy, Illinois will always be revered with fondness among the Latter-day Saints. It was this town that took in thousands of LDS refugees when forced from the State of Missouri. It is thought that 5,000 Mormons were taken under the wing of the residents of this town. What was the population of Quincy, Illinois at the time of the exile?
a. His settlement of the Salt Lake Valley
President Young responded with the following to a New York newspaper editor’s inquiry:
“The result of my labors for the past 26 years, briefly summed up, are: The peopling of this Territory by the Latter-day Saints of about 100,000 souls; the founding of over 200 cities, towns and villages inhabited by our people, . . . and the establishment of schools, factories, mills and other institutions calculated to improve and benefit our communities. . . .
Our Heritage, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1996), 91.