Physiography (land forms)
Rivers and drainage, lakes
Utah was originally the settlement of Mormon migrants, led by Brigham Young, who fled from Illinois. Between 1857 to 1858, the U.S. federal government under President James Buchanan conducted expedition into Utah, in the conflict known today as the Utah War. Eventually the U.S. forces defeated Utahan troops and subjugated the territory.
Utah is one of the most conservative state in the United States, both economically and socially. The Republican Party dominates state politics. Jon Huntsman, Jr. is the current governor of Utah. Orrin Hatch and Robert Bennett, both Republicans, represent the state in the U.S. Senate. Provo, Utah is one of the most conservative cities in the nation.
The Morgan Quitno Press ranks Utah the 33rd in education quality among U.S. states during 2005-2006 school year.
- 2005-2006 Smartest State Award, Morgan Quitno Press