Joseph F. Smith was born 13 November 1838, in Far West, Missouri. In 1844, his father, Hyrum Smith, was martyred along with his uncle, the Prophet Joseph Smith. Young Joseph F. Smith helped his mother, Mary Fielding Smith, migrate to Utah in 1848 and establish a house in Salt Lake City. After she died in 1852, he began a life of service to the Church. In addition to his many religious duties, he served in Utah’s territorial legislature from 1865 to 1874.
He became President of the Church on 17 October 1901. While ushering the Church into the 20th century, Joseph F. Smith brought Latter-day Saints to a better appreciation of early Church history. He worked to improve the public image of the Church by developing important Church historical sites in New York, Missouri, and Illinois, building a visitors’ bureau, and expanding Church missionary and educational systems. He clarified important doctrines, served numerous missions, and directed the construction of a new headquarters complex for an expanding Church. After 17 years as Church President, Joseph F. Smith died on November 19, 1918, in Salt Lake City. (CH- Prophets of the Restoration)
Joseph initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Heber C. Kimball Company in 1848.
At the end of his mission to the Sandwich Islands, he drove a team for George Crismon's family and traveled home with the Freeman Tanner Company in 1858 as indicated in his missionary report.
At the end of his mission to Great Britain, he traveled home as a chaplain in the John W. Woolley Company in 1863 as indicated in the McLachlan and Pulsipher sources.