William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr. (born November 7, 1918) is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core constituency of white,...

Graham was a spiritual adviser to several Presidents; he was particularly close to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson (who was...

Graham operates a variety of media and publishing outlets. According to his staff, more than 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to "accept...

Graham has repeatedly been on Gallup's list of most admired men and women. He has appeared on the list 55 times since 1955 (including 49...

Named after his father and born November 7, 1918, Graham is the first son of Morrow (née Coffey; 1892–1981) and William Franklin Graham, Sr. (1888–1962). He grew up on the...

After Graham was turned down for membership in a local youth group because he was "too worldly", Albert McMakin, who worked on the Graham farm, persuaded him to go and...

After graduating from Sharon High School in May 1936, Graham attended Bob Jones College, then located in Cleveland, Tennessee. After...

In 1937, Graham transferred to the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida). (Today's Florida College is now...

It was during his time at Wheaton that Graham decided to accept the Bible as the infallible word of God. Henrietta Mears of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood (Hollywood, California) was instrumental in...

On August 13, 1943, Graham married Wheaton classmate Ruth Bell (1920–2007), whose parents were Presbyterian...

Graham and his wife had five children together: Virginia Leftwich (Gigi) Graham (born 1945; an inspirational speaker and author); Anne Graham Lotz (born 1948; runs AnGeL ministries); Ruth Graham (born 1950;...

Graham has 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. His grandson Tullian Tchividjian, son of Gigi, is senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in...

While attending college, Graham became pastor of the United Gospel Tabernacle and also had other preaching...

Graham served briefly as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois, not far from...

Initially, Graham intended to become a chaplain in the armed forces but, shortly after applying for a commission, contracted mumps. After a period of...

Graham scheduled a series of revival meetings in Los Angeles in 1949, for which he erected circus tents in a parking lot. He attracted national media...

Since his ministry began in 1947, Graham conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 countries and territories on six continents. The...

Graham was offered a five-year, $5 million contract from NBC to appear on television opposite Arthur Godfrey, but he turned it down in favor of continuing his touring revivals...

At each Urbana conference he challenged the thousands of attendees to make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ for the rest of their lives, often quoting a 6-word phrase...

Graham also held evangelistic meetings on a number of college campuses: at the University of Minnesota...

In 1955 he was invited by students to lead the mission to Cambridge University, arranged by the CICCU, with the London pastor-theologian John Stott as his chief assistant. This invitation was greeted with...

In 1950, Graham founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with its headquarters in Minneapolis. The association relocated...

In April 2013, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association kicked off "My Hope With Billy Graham", the largest outreach...

In 1953 Graham tore down the ropes that organizers had erected to separate the audience into racial sections; he recounted in his memoirs that he told two ushers to leave...

In 1957, Graham's stance towards integration became more publicly shown when he allowed African American reverends...

Despite their friendship, tensions between the Graham and King emerged in 1958 when the sponsoring committee of a crusade which...

By the middle of 1960, King and Graham had reconciled and traveled together to the Tenth Baptist World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance. In 1963, Graham posted bail for King to...

Graham's faith prompted his maturing view of race and segregation; he told a member of the KKK that integration was necessary primarily for religious reasons: "there is no...

The friendship between Billy Graham and John Stott led to a further partnership in The Lausanne Movement, of which...

Graham's visibility and popularity extended into the secular world. He created his own pavilion for the 1964 New York World's Fair. He appeared as a guest on a 1969 Woody Allen television special, where he joined the...

In 1984, he led a series of meetings in the United Kingdom summer, called Mission England, using outdoor football grounds as...

Graham was interested in fostering evangelism around the world. In 1983, 1986 and 2000 he sponsored, organized and paid for massive training conferences for...

On October 15, 1989 Graham received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Graham was the only minister, functioning in that...

On September 22, 1991 Graham held his largest event in North America on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park. City...

On September 14, 2001, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Graham was invited to lead a service at Washington...

Graham prepared one last sermon, My Hope America, released on DVD and played around America and possibly worldwide between November 7–10, 2013, November 7 being his 95th birthday,...

Graham said that his planned retirement was because of his failing health. In August 2005, Graham appeared at the groundbreaking for his library in...

There had been controversy over Graham's proposed burial place; he announced in June 2007 that he and his wife would be buried alongside each other at the Billy Graham Library in his...

Graham has preached Christianity to live audiences of nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and...

Graham is a registered member of the Democratic Party. In 1960 he was opposed to the candidacy of John F. Kennedy because he was Catholic, and worked "behind the scenes" to encourage influential Protestant ministers to speak out...

Graham leaned toward the Republicans during the presidency of Richard Nixon whom he had met and befriended as vice president under Dwight Eisenhower. He did not completely ally himself with the...

He refused to join Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority in 1979, saying: "I'm for morality, but morality goes beyond sex to human...

According to a 2006 Newsweek interview, "For Graham, politics is a secondary to the Gospel.... When Newsweek asked Graham whether...

In 2012, Graham publicly endorsed the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Shortly after,...

Graham has had a personal audience with many sitting US presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama. After meeting with Truman in 1950, Graham told the...

But now we've got just this one evangelist, this Billy Graham, and he's gone off the beam. He's...well, I...

Graham became a regular visitor during the tenure of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He purportedly urged him to intervene with federal troops in the case of the Little Rock Nine to gain admission of black students to public schools. At that...

Since the Eisenhower years, the preacher enjoyed a friendship with Nixon. He supported him over...

On December 16, 1963, US President Lyndon Johnson, who was impressed by the way Graham had praised the work of his great-grandfather Rev. George Washington Baines, invited the Reverend to the White House to give...

In striking contrast with his more limited access with Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy, Graham would not only visit the White...

During the 1964 US Presidential election, supporters of Republican nominee Barry Goldwater sent an estimate 2 million...

He spent the last night of Johnson's presidency in the White House, and he stayed for the first night of Nixon's. After Nixon's victorious...

In 1970 Nixon appeared at a Graham revival in East Tennessee, which they thought safe politically. It drew one of the largest crowds in...

Graham was criticized by some for being too attracted to the seat of political power. Graham officiated at one presidential burial and one...

Graham has been outspoken against communism and supported the American Cold War policy, including the Vietnam War. In a 1999 speech, Graham discussed his relationship with the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, praising...

In 1982, Graham preached in the Soviet Union and attended a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the war dead of World War II, when the Soviets were American allies in the...

In March 1991, Graham said in reference to the Persian Gulf War, "As ... President Bush has said, it is not the people of Iraq we are at war with. It is some of the people in that regime. Pray for peace in the...

During the Watergate affair, there were suggestions that Graham had agreed with many of President Richard...

When the tapes were made public, Graham apologized and said, "Although I have no memory of the occasion, I deeply regret comments I apparently made in an Oval Office conversation with President Nixon ... some 30 years ago....

In 2009, more Nixon tapes were released, in which Graham is heard in conversation with Nixon referring to Jews and "the synagogue of Satan". A spokesman for Graham said that Graham has never been an anti-Semite and that the comparison (in...

After a crusade in New York (1957) some more fundamentalist Christians criticized Graham for his ecumenism, even calling him...

Graham has expressed inclusivist views, suggesting that people without explicit faith in Jesus can be saved. In a...

I think that everybody that loves or knows Christ, whether they are conscious of it or not, they are members of the body of Christ... is calling people out of the world for his name,...

In 1970 Graham stated that feminism was "an echo of our overall philosophy of permissiveness", and that women did not want to be "competitive juggernauts pitted against...

Graham has written the following books; many have become bestsellers. In the 1970s, for instance, "The Jesus...

Graham has frequently been honored by surveys, including "Greatest Living American" and has consistently ranked among the most admired...

Graham received the Big Brother of the Year Award for his work on behalf of children. He has been cited by the...

For hosting many Christian musical artists, Graham was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999 by the Gospel Music Association. Singer Michael W. Smith is active in Billy Graham Crusades as well as Samaritan's...

A professorial chair is named after him at the Alabama Baptist-affiliated Samford University, the Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth. His alma...

On May 31, 2007, the $27 million Billy Graham Library was officially dedicated in Charlotte. Former...

The movie Billy: The Early Years premiered in theaters officially on October 10, 2008, less than one month before Graham's 90th birthday....


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