Roberts, Brigham Henry
- John W. Welch
Roberts, Brigham Henry (13 March 1857–27 September 1933), Mormon leader, writer, and politician, was born in Warrington, Lancashire, England, the son of Benjamin Roberts, a blacksmith and ship plater, and Ann Everington, a seamstress. The year of his birth, Roberts’s parents converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as the Mormon or LDS church). An alcoholic, Benjamin Roberts later abandoned the family, but when Roberts was five his father sent his mother money that she used to take two of their children to Utah. Roberts and a sister remained in England under cruel conditions until April 1866 when, assisted by the LDS Perpetual Emigrating Fund, they left Liverpool for Utah. In July they joined a wagon team in Nebraska and proceeded to walk, for much of the way barefoot, to Salt Lake City, where they were met by their mother....