Wilford Woodruff was born in 1807 at Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut. The first twenty-five years of his life were spent in attending school, farming, and milling. A quest for religion led to his conversion by Mormon missionaries at Richland, Oswego County, New York, in 1833. During the next decade Woodruff performed extensive proselyting work for the church in the Southern States, New England, and Great Britain. He was among those who introduced Mormonism in England, baptizing some 1,800 people while there. He was appointed to the Quorum of Twelve in 1839, and became church president in 1889, at the age of eighty-three. During his presidency he directed the completion of the Salt Lake Temple and presided at its dedication in 1893.