Mormon History, March 1849

Young and his advisers decided that statehood should have been sought, as California and New Mexico were doing. Realizing that there wasn't time to go through the normal sequence of statehood procedures, they wrote a constitution based on Iowa's, created convention, election, and legislative records, and then had them printed in Kanesville, Iowa, because Deseret did not yet have an operating press. Babbitt took copies of the now very rare pamphlet back to Washington and joined Thomas L. Kane and Bernhisel in the fruitless bid for statehood.

[source: Utah History Encyclopedia: Deseret,]

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