Billy Graham

Protestant Christian Evangelist
Born Nov 7, 1918
Age 97
Hometown City of Charlotte
Political Party Democratic Partyl
Religion Evangelical Chris...
Alma Mater Wheaton College
Other Names Graham, William F...

William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr. is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status with national media backing of William Randolph Hearst and Henry Luce in 1949. His sermons were broadcast on radio and television, with some still re-broadcast today. Graham is notable for having been a spiritual adviser to several United States Presidents; he was particularly close to Dwight D.… Read More

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  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Taking Gospel To The Ends Of The Earth
    The Cypress Times - Mar 05, 2012
  • Franklin Graham Strays Far From His Father's Way: Bob Ray Sanders
    Cleveland - Mar 04, 2012
  • Billy Graham Association Laying Off Nearly 50
    Fox News - Mar 01, 2012
  • Rev. Billy Graham Has Street Named For Him In East Tennessee
    The Tennessean - Feb 24, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Graham.


1918 Birth William Franklin Graham, Jr. was born on November 7, 1918. … Read More
1924 5 Years Old Before this, in 1924, when Graham was only five, he focused on the outdoors, but rarely did he walk, he was running and zooming, constantly, right at the same time, he started Sharon Grammar School.


1933 14 Years Old In 1933, when Prohibition in the United States ended, Graham's father forced him and his sister Katherine to drink beer until they got sick, which created such an aversion that both avoided alcohol and drugs for the rest of their lives. … Read More
1934 15 Years Old According to his autobiography, Graham was converted in 1934, at age 16 during a series of revival meetings in Charlotte led by Ham.
1936 17 Years Old After graduating from Sharon High School in May 1936, Graham attended Bob Jones College, then located in Cleveland, Tennessee. … Read More
1937 18 Years Old 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 his autobiography, Graham wrote of receiving his "calling on the 18th green of the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club", which is immediately in front of today's Sutton Hall at Florida College. … Read More


Graham eventually graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois with a degree in anthropology in 1943. … Read More
1944 - 1945 2 More Events
1947 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1947, at age 30, he was hired as president of Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis—at the time, the youngest person to serve as a sitting president of any U.S. college or university.
1948 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Graham served as the president from 1948 to 1952.


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 Yale University in 1957, and a week-long series of meetings at the University of North Carolina's Carmichael Auditorium in September 1982. … Read More
1953 34 Years Old During a 1953 rally, Graham tore down the ropes that organizers had erected to separate the audience into racial sections. … Read More
1957 38 Years Old In 1957, Graham's stance towards integration became more publicly shown when he allowed African American ministers Thomas Kilgore and Gardner Taylor to serve as members of his New York Crusade's executive committee and invited the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom he first met during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, to join him in the pulpit at his 16-week revival in New York City, where 2.3 million gathered at Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, and Times Square to hear them. … Read More
1958 39 Years Old Despite their friendship, tensions between Graham and King emerged in 1958 when the sponsoring committee of a crusade which took place in San Antonio, Texas on July 25 arranged for Graham to be introduced by that state's segregationist governor, Price Daniel. … Read More


By the middle of 1960, King and Graham traveled together to the Tenth Baptist World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance. … Read More
1963 - 1964 2 More Events
1965 46 Years Old Johnson would also become the first sitting President to attend one of Graham's crusades, which took place in Houston, Texas in 1965.
1968 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Following King's assassination in 1968, Graham mourned that America had lost "a social leader and a prophet". … Read More


1970 51 Years Old In 1970 Nixon appeared at a Graham revival in East Tennessee, which they thought safe politically. … Read More
1973 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Their friendship became strained in 1973 when Graham rebuked Nixon for his post-Watergate behavior and the profanity heard on the Watergate tapes; they eventually reconciled after Nixon's resignation.


1982 - 1997 5 More Events
1999 80 Years Old 1 More Event
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 him as a "different kind of communist" and "one of the great fighters for freedom in his country against the Japanese." … Read More
2000 - 2004 4 More Events
On May 31, 2007, the $27 million Billy Graham Library was officially dedicated in Charlotte. … Read More
…  As of 2008, Graham's estimated lifetime audience, including radio and television broadcasts, topped 2.2 billion. … Read More
2009 90 Years Old In 2009, more Nixon tapes were released, in which Graham is heard in conversation with Nixon referring to Jews and "the synagogue of Satan". … Read More
2010 91 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2010, Graham, at 91 and with substantial vision and hearing loss, made a rare public appearance at the re-dedication of the renovated Billy Graham Library.
2012 93 Years Old In 2012, Graham publicly endorsed the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. … Read More
2013 94 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2013, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association started "My Hope With Billy Graham", the largest outreach in its history, encouraging church members to spread the gospel in small group meetings after showing a video message by Graham. "The idea is for Christians to follow the example of the disciple Matthew in the New Testament and spread the gospel in their own homes." … Read More
2015 96 Years Old His grandson Tullian Tchividjian, son of Gigi, resigned as the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in June 2015 due to an affair. … Read More
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