Billy Graham

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Billy Graham

Born

11/7/1918, near Charlotte, North Carolina

Birth Name

William Franklin Graham

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Rev. Billy Graham, Reverand Billy Graham
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Born November 7, 1918, Billy Graham was born to Morrow Coffey and William Franklin Graham and raised on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina. He grew up during the Depression and learned the importance of hard work.

In 1934, at age 16, Billy Graham made a…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1957 Billy Graham turned down a five-year $5 million contract to appear on NBC television opposite Arthur Godfrey. Graham's mission was to continue preaching at revival meetings.

    • In 1950 Billy Graham started his weekly radio program, The Hour of Decision.

    • Billy Graham was a close personal friend of President Richard Nixon. Because of the Watergate scandal, Graham came under harsh criticism in the mid 1970s. Since then he has been careful not to associate too closely with political leaders.

    • Billy Graham founded the award-winning monthly magazine Christianity Today in 1955.

    • Since completing his formal education, Billy Graham has been given 20 honorary degrees.

    • According to the United States Postal Service, Billy Graham is one of the few Americans who can receive mail that simply reads his name and the country: "Billy Graham, America."

    • Billy Graham has had a personal audience with every sitting United States President since Harry Truman in 1950. Because of this, he has been called the "Pastor to the Presidents."

    • In 2001 Billy Graham was given an honorary knighthood, Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for his international involvement in civic and religious life over 60 years.

    • Over the years Billy Graham has appeared on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Life, U.S. News and World Report, Parade, and numerous others.

    • Billy Graham is frequently listed by the Gallup association as one of the Ten Most Admired Men in the World. He has been a leading figure in that poll since 1948-making an unequaled 51st appearance and 44th consecutive appearances.

    • Billy Graham has written 27 books. His autobiography, Just As I Am (1997), earned a "triple crown," appearing at the same time on three bestseller lists in one week.

    • Billy Graham has preached to more live audiences than anyone else in recorded history (totaling nearly 215 million people).

    • Billy Graham was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999 for providing a platform for many Christian artists who have performed on his program.

  • Quotes

    • Billy Graham: (Teaching about marriage) The word romance, according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime.

    • Billy Graham: Give me five minutes with a person's checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.

    • Billy Graham: (Joking with the press) The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.

    • Billy Graham: God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.

    • Billy Graham: A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.

    • Billy Graham: (When accused of setting religion back 100 years) I did indeed want to set religion back, not just 100 years but 1,900 years, to the Book of Acts, when first century followers of Christ were accused of turning the Roman Empire upside down.

    • Billy Graham: My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.

    • Billy Graham: (when told by Norma Zimmer that the world needs more men like him) No, Norma, the world needs God.

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