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Booth, William, General

Born: 1829 AD
Died: 1912 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Humanitarian, Religious Leaders

1829 – William Booth was born on the 10th of April in Nottingham, England to an Anglican family. English religious leader, founder and first general of the Salvation Army

1842 – At thirteen, he was converted in a Wesleyan Chapel in London.

         – He was sent to work as an apprentice in a pawnbroker’s shop to help support his mother and sisters.

1846 – He began preaching at the age of 17.

1849 – He reluctantly left his family and moved to London, where he found work and lodging in a pawnbroker’s shop.

1851 – Booth joined the Reformers (Wesleyan Reform Union).

1852 – He left pawnbroking and became a full-time preacher at their headquarters at Binfield Chapel in Clapham.

         – On 15th of May, he became formally engaged to Catherine Mumford.

1853 – In November, he was invited to become the Reformers’ minister at Spalding in Lincolnshire.

1855 – Married to Catherine Mumford, he spent several years as a Methodist minister, travelling all around the country, preaching and sharing God’s word to all who would listen.

1865 – With the help of his wife, Catherine Booth, he started the East London Revival Society (soon known as the Christian Mission) in White chapel, London.

         – William Booth began The Salvation Army in July.

1878 – His organization began using the name Salvation Army known for military discipline.

         – Booth was reading a printer’s proof of the organization’s annual report when he noticed the statement, "the Christian Mission under the Superintendent’s of the Rev. William Booth is a volunteer army." He crossed out the words "volunteer army" and penned in "Salvation Army." From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army which was adopted in August of that same year.

1880 – General Booth sent a party of eight Salvationists, led by George Scott Railton, to officially begin the work of The Salvation Army in the United States.

1912 – Booth was ‘promoted to Glory’.

         – William Booth died on 20th of August at the age of 83 in Hadley Wood, London.