In 1845-1846, then an elder in the Church of the Latter-day Saints, he organized a group of 220 Mormons to sail for and settle in San Francisco with the goal of establishing the Mormon Church in California. He did not actually establish the church in California, but he added greatly to the growth and development of Northern California. On the ship, Brooklyn, which he chartered for $1200 per month, he brought a printing press, which was used to establish the California Star, the first newspaper in California.

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