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...

Graham was a spiritual adviser to several Presidents; he was particularly close to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson (who was considered to be one of Graham's closest friends) and Richard...

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...

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 consecutive...

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 family dairy farm...

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 see the evangelist...

After graduating from Sharon High School in May 1936, Graham attended Bob Jones College, then located in Cleveland, Tennessee. After one semester, he found it too legalistic in both coursework and rules. At this time, he was...

In 1937, Graham transferred to the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida). (Today's Florida College is now located at that site in Temple Terrace, Florida.) In...

It was during his time at Wheaton that Graham decided to accept the Bible as the infallible word of God....

On August 13, 1943, Graham married Wheaton classmate Ruth Bell (1920–2007), whose parents were Presbyterian missionaries in China. Her father, L. Nelson Bell, was a general surgeon. Ruth Graham died on June 14, 2007,...

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...

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

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....

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 coverage, especially in...

Since his ministry began in 1947, Graham conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 countries and territories on six continents. The first Billy Graham Crusade, held September 13–21, 1947, in 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 because of his...

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 written in the Bible of an heir to the Borden milk fortune,...

Graham also held evangelistic meetings on a number of college campuses: at the University of Minnesota during InterVarsity's "Year of Evangelism" in 1950-51, a 4-day mission at...

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 much disapproval in the...

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

Graham had shown little concern about segregation until the civil rights movement began to receive national attention in the early 1950s. Many of his early crusades were segregated. In response...

From the mid-1950s on, Graham became increasingly opposed to segregation and racism, as the movement garnered more and more public attention. In 1957,...

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

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...

Graham's faith prompted his maturing view of race and segregation; he told a member of the KKK that integration was necessary primarily for...

The friendship between Billy Graham and John Stott led to a further partnership in The Lausanne Movement, of which Graham was founder. It built on Graham's 1966 World Congress on Evangelism in...

Graham's visibility and popularity extended into the secular world. He created his own pavilion for the...

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

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

On September 22, 1991 Graham held his largest event in North America on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park. City officials estimated more than 250,000 in attendance. In 1998, Graham...

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

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, hoping...

Graham said that his planned retirement was because of his failing health. In August 2005, Graham appeared at the groundbreaking for his library in Charlotte, North Carolina. Then 86,...

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...

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

Graham is a registered member of the Democratic Party. In 1960 he was opposed to the candidacy of John F. Kennedy because he...

Graham leaned toward the Republicans during the presidency of Richard Nixon whom he had met and befriended as vice...

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

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

In 2012, Graham publicly endorsed the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Shortly after, references to Mormonism as a religious cult ("A cult is any group which teaches doctrines...

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

But now we've got just this one evangelist, this Billy Graham, and he's gone off the beam. He's...well, I hadn’t ought...

Graham became a regular visitor during the tenure of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He purportedly urged him to intervene...

Since the Eisenhower years, the preacher enjoyed a friendship with Nixon. Though a registered Democrat, Graham...

On December 16, 1963, US President Lyndon Johnson, who was impressed by the way Graham had praised the work of his...

In striking contrast with his more limited access with Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy, Graham would not only visit the White House private quarters but would also at times kneel at Johnson's bedside and then pray...

During the 1964 US Presidential election, supporters of Republican nominee Barry Goldwater sent an estimate 2 million telegrams to Graham's hometown of Montreat, North Carolina and sought the preacher's endorsement. Supportive of...

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 1968 presidential campaign, Graham became an adviser, regularly...

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

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

On April 25, 2010, President Barack Obama visited Rev. Graham at his home in Montreat, North Carolina where they "had a private...

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...

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 fight against Nazism. He voiced fear of a second holocaust, not...

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...

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

When the tapes were made public, Graham apologized and said, "Although I have no memory of the occasion, I deeply...

In 2009, more Nixon tapes were released, in which Graham is heard in conversation with Nixon referring to Jews and "the synagogue of...

Graham has expressed inclusivist views, suggesting that people without explicit faith in Jesus can be saved. In a 1997 interview...

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, whether they come from the Muslim world, or...

Iain Murray, writing from a conservative Protestant standpoint, argues that "Graham's concessions are sad words from one who once spoke on the basis of...

Graham has written the following books; many have become bestsellers. In the 1970s, for instance, "The Jesus Generation sold 200,000 copies in the first two weeks after publication; Angels: God's Secret Agents had...

Graham has frequently been honored by surveys, including "Greatest Living American" and has consistently ranked among the most admired persons in the United States and the world. He has appeared most...

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

In 2000, former First Lady Nancy Reagan presented the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to Graham. Graham has...

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 mater...

On May 31, 2007, the $27 million Billy Graham Library was officially dedicated in Charlotte. Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and Bill...

The movie Billy: The Early Years premiered in theaters officially on October 10, 2008, less than one month before Graham's 90th birthday. Graham has yet to comment on the film, but his son, Franklin...


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