The self-proclaimed State of Deseret, precursor to the organization of the Utah Territory, had only one governor, Brigham Young. It existed for slightly over two years (1849 and 1850) and was never recognized by the United States government.
Utah Territory had 15 territorial governors from its organization in 1850 until the formation of the state of Utah in 1896, appointed by the President of the United States.
John W. Dawson had the
shortest term as Governor of
Utah Territory of only three
and Brigham Young, the first territorial governor, had the longest term at seven years.
Dawson later became famous as the first
biographer of John Chapman,
the legendary Johnny Appleseed.
Dawson's 1871 article in the Fort Wayne News Sentinel of October 21 and 23 about Dawson's childhood friend is still considered the main source for biographical information on Chapman.
He died on September 10, 1877 and was interred at Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.