William Franklin Graham Jr. also known as Billy Graham was an American evangelist. Prior to his death, Billy Graham net worth was $25 million.
Here are some of the interesting facts about Billy Graham:
1. Early Life
Billy Graham was born on November 7, 1918 as eldest among four children to Morro and William Franklin Graham Sr. He grew up in North Carolina and was raised in Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church by his Parents.
Graham graduated from Sharon High School in 1936 and then went to Bob Jones College. Next year, he was transferred to Florida Bible Institute and then graduated with a degree in anthropology in 1943 from Wheaton College in Illinois. It was during his college time, he became pastor of the United Gosepl Tabernacle and also had other preaching engagements.
2. His Career:
After completing his study, he served as a pastor for a number of churches around the country. After becoming ministry in 1947, he conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 different countries and territories on six continents. His first Crusade in Michigan was attended by 6,000 people at that time.
In 1950, he founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Minnesota and within few years, his impact began to grow and the civil rights movement began to sweep the nation. In 1955 he joined Montgomery Bus Boycott where he met Martin Luther King Jr. and invited him to join him during a 16 week Christian event at Madison Square Garden. The event attracted more than 2.3 million visitors from around the country.
3. His other Works
In the span of 6 decades of his television career, Billy is known for hosting the “Billy Graham Crusades” from 1947 to 2005. He also hosted the famous radio show “Hour of Decision” for 4 years. More than 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. His sermons have reached an audience across television and radio of more than 2.2 billion people around the world. Because of that he was listed repeatedly on “Gallup’s list of most admired men and women”.
Regarding his political career, he was a registered member of Democratic Party at first. He then moved towards Republicans during Richard Nixon time and also supported Ronald Reagen. In 2012, he endorsed Republican candidate Mitt Romney to become a president of United States.
Graham has also written several books and some of them have become bestsellers. Some of his popular books are “The Jesus Generation”, “Angels: God’s Secret Agents”, “How to Be Born Again”, Evangelist to the World”, “Till Armageddon”, Storm Warning”, “The Key to Personal Peace” and many more.
4. He was married to Ruth Bell.
Billy Graham married Ruth Bell in August 13, 1943. After 64 years of their marriage, she died on June 14, 2007. Together they had five children together: Virginia Leftwich Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth Graham, Franklin Graham and Nelson Edman Graham. Franklin Graham is known to people around the world and serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelist Association and also as the president of International relief Organization.
He had a very large family. He had 19 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
5. Graham died on February 21, 2008.
On February 21, 2018 Billy Graham died at his home in North Carolina. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease since 1992. He died at the age 99.
The GREAT Billy Graham is dead,” President Trump tweeted Wednesday. “There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.”