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Graham, Billy (I) Biography




biography of Graham, Billy (I)

William Franklin Graham Jr.
7 November 1918, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
6' 3"
Billy Graham is, arguably, the most successful Christian evangelist in the world. Born William Franklin Graham, Jr., on November 7, 1918, on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina, Graham has been an unofficial pontifex maximus to the American Republic since the Truman Administration. Graham served as a spiritual adviser to several American presidents, though he is most widely associated with 'Richard Nixon' (qv). He has given a prayer at every Presidential inauguration since 1948, with the exception of 2000, when he was too sick to attend, and was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal by his fellow Southern Baotist, 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv), in 1996. As a radio and TV evangelist, Graham has touched the lives of an estimated two billion people. He personally has overseen the spiritual rebirth of over 2.5 million people, who have accepted Jesus as their personal savior at his revival meetings. The Gallup Poll listed him as number seven on its list of the most admired people of the 20th century. Graham is a moderate and temperate preacher with a high level of tolerance. His split with Bob Jones, Sr. circa 1950 is the watershed moment of the divergence of evangelicals, like Graham, from fundamentalists, like Jones.
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-   'Ruth Bell Graham' (13 August 1943 - 14 June 2007) (her death); 5 children


-   One of the most well-known Christian evangelists of the 20th century.

-   Attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina for one year, then transferred to Florida Bible Institute.

-   Worked as a Fuller Brush salesman to pay his way through college before his call into the ministry.

-   Children: sons 'Franklin Graham' (qv) and Ned and daughters Bunny, Gigi and 'Anne Graham Lotz' (qv).

-   Has given prayer at inauguration of every U. S. President since 'Harry S. Truman' (qv). However, due to ill health he was unable to attend 'George W. Bush' (qv)'s first inauguration in 2001.

-   Met his wife, 'Ruth Graham (II)' (qv), during seminary training at Wheaton College.

-   Served as president of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1946 to 1949. To this day, he is the youngest person in U.S. history to serve as a sitting president of any U.S. college or university.

-   When he was a young boy, his father cured him of drinking alcohol by bringing home a bottle of beer and making him drink every drop. His father then told him, "If anyone ever tries to make you drink, tell them you've already tried it and you didn't like it!"

-   'Harry S. Truman' (qv) called him a "counterfeit" and publicity seeker. Singer 'Pat Boone (I)' (qv) considers him "the greatest man since Jesus".

-   Has Parkinson's disease, prostate cancer, fluid on the brain and uses a walker due to a pelvic fracture in 2004. He has also been hospitalized with pneumonia, which has damaged his lungs.

-   He was close friends with 'Johnny Cash (I)' (qv).

-   Billy Graham Museum in Charlotte, N.C. is dedicated on May 31, 2007.

-   Apologized for his opinions on Jewish people and the news media, recorded on tape during conversations with President 'Richard Nixon' (qv) at the White House thirty years ago. (3 March 2002).

-   Awarded an honorary knighthood by the British government in the New Years Honours List of 2002.

-   Is a registered Democrat, although he was considered politically conservative and was a close friend of 'Richard Nixon' (qv) and 'Ronald Reagan (I)' (qv).

-   He and his wife were jointly awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv) in 1996.

-   When briefly hospitalized late in 1976, President 'Gerald Ford (I)' (qv), former President 'Richard Nixon' (qv) and President-elect 'Jimmy Carter (I)' (qv) all visited him.

-   Revealed in his autobiography the conversations he had with 'Mickey Cohen' during the 1949 Graham crusade in Los Angeles. Cohen was a notorious Los Angeles-based racketeer who died of natural causes in 1976. At the time of the JFK assassination in 1963, Cohen was the boyfriend of a Texas-based stripper named Juanita Sahakian who knew 'Jack Ruby (I)' (qv).

-   Has never allowed himself to be seen in public with any other woman, including his daughters, without wife 'Ruth Graham (II)' (qv) present.

-   He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.


-   He played himself (sermon archive footage) in the 1992 film _Eye of the Storm (1992)_ (qv).

-   (1 January 1971) Grand Marshal, Tournament of Roses parade

-   CD: "Crusade: The Encore Collection" (BSP)


-   Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. _The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House._ Center Street, 2007. ISBN 1599957345

-   Billy Graham. _Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham._ 1997.


-   [1993] Is AIDS a judgment of God? I could not say for sure, but I think so.

-   [on church] Churchgoers are like coals of fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.

-   [on forgiveness] If His conditions are met, God is bound by His Word to forgive any man or any woman of any sin because of Christ.


-   _"Billy Graham" (1980)_ (qv)

-   _Crusade: The Life of Billy Graham (1993) (TV)_ (qv)

-   _Man in the 5th Dimension (1964)_ (qv)

-   _"Biography" (1987) {Billy Graham: A Personal Crusade}_ (qv)

-   _Billy: The Early Years (2008)_ (qv)


-   _Tricia's Wedding (1971)_ (qv)

-   _Billy: The Early Years (2008)_ (qv)


-   (2006) Lives in Montreat, North Carolina, in the same house he and his wife have lived in for over 50 years. Currently in the process of turning over his ministry to his son, Rev. 'Franklin Graham' (qv).

-   (1997) Release of his book, "Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham".


-   "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), November 2007, Vol. 50, Iss. 6, pg. 26, by: Janet Kinosian, "Pilgrim's Progress"


-   "CCM Magazine" (USA), August 2000, Vol. 23, Iss. 2, pg. 13-14, by: Sarah Aldridge and Gregory Rumburg, "Gotta Serve Somebody"

-   "Hustler" (USA), March 1978, Vol. 4, Iss. 9, by: John Eskow, "The Chosen Few"


-   "Midwest Today" (USA), 1996, Iss. 19

-   "People Weekly" (USA), 22 December 1975

-   "Time" (USA), 25 October 1954

-   "Spiegel" (West Germany), 23 June 1954

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