Young was born near Bardstown, Kentucky on April 10, 1790. Although he initially studied medicine with a Dr. Bemiss, of Bloomfield, he graduated from the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, with a law degree. He commenced practice in Bloomfield, Kentucky, and continued in this after moving to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in 1814.
Young was elected to the Nineteenth Congress. He was reelected to the Twentieth Congress and served from March 4, 1825, until his death in Elizabethtown, on September 20, 1827, before the assembling of the Twentieth Congress. He was interred in Elizabethtown Cemetery.