Joshua Maria Young (October 29, 1808 – September 18, 1866) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Erie inPennsylvania from 1854 until his death in 1866.
Joshua Young was born in Acton, Maine, to Jonathan and Mehetable (née Moody) Young. One of ten children, he had three brothers and six sisters. Raised as a Congregationalist, he belonged to a prominent New England family of Harvard graduates and Protestant ministers.
At age eight, Young was sent to live with his uncle in Saco, Maine, and later became a printer's apprentice for the Eastern Argus newspaper in Portland, Maine, in 1823. He worked as editor of The Maine Democrat for about a year after his apprenticeship.
After a co-worker lent him Catholic books, Young decided to convert to Catholicism and received a conditional baptism in October 1828. Following his conversion,