Brigham Young is born. An early leader of the Mormon church, Brigham Young will take control after Joseph Smith dies. Originally a Methodist, Young converts to Mormonism in New York after meeting Smith's brother Hyrum. Young rises quickly in ranks of Mormon believers because of his exceptional speaking and evangelizing skills.
Joseph Smith himself will be so impressed that he sends Young on missionary trips to surrounding states, Canada, and England. In 1844, while doing missionary work in England, Young arranges for more than 70,000 Mormon converts to emigrate from Europe to the United States.