10 April 1829: Birthday of William Booth, English minister, founded The Salvation Army (d. 1912) (Source)

William Booth in 1912 – photo by Bain News Service, publisher (Source)

William Booth (10 April 1829 – 20 August 1912) was an English Methodist preacher who, along with his wife, Catherine, founded the Salvation Army and became its first “General” (1878–1912). The Christian movement with a quasi-military structure and government founded in 1865 has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world and is known for being one of the largest distributors of humanitarian aid. In 2002, Booth was named among the 100 Greatest Britons in a BBC poll. (Source)

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