The Life and Times of Billy Graham

Christian Evangelist minister, Billy Graham, spread the word of God across America and the globe through his sermons and international crusades. Take a look back at his life in photos.

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Billy Graham, American Evangelist speaking in June 1967.
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William "Billy" Franklin Graham, Jr. is one of the leading religious figures of the 20th century, spreading the word of God across the globe and acting as a spiritual adviser to many U.S. Presidents. Click to see more of his life in pictures.
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Graham married Ruth McCue Bell, the daughter of missionaries, in August of 1942 after meeting her during his graduate studies at Wheaton College. The two had five children together: Virginia, Anne, Ruth, Franklin, and Nelson.
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Graham worked at Youth for Christ in his younger years, a mission group that spoke about God to young people and returning military. He also served as the President of Northwestern Schools, a group of Christian schools in Minnesota, before resigning to focus on preaching.
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Billy Graham, shown here following through with his swing on a vacation to Puerto Rico, claims that he got his calling on the golf course while attending the Florida Bible Institute. He was ordained at a Southern Baptist Convention church in 1939 shortly after receiving his bachelor's degree in theology.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened." - Billy Graham
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In 1949, Graham was invited to preach at an L.A. revival, where his tents were filled with followers and publicity. The revival was extended, and he received national press and the media support of moguls William Randolph Hearst and Henry Luce. The duo propelled the minister to fame.
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Seen here with Lyndon B. Johnson, Graham is especially known for his relationship with many U.S. Presidents, for whom he acted as spiritual adviser.
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Billy Graham spoke against the "evils" of communism and aimed to join American citizens together during a national climate of vulnerability and fear during the Cold War.
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Graham, here with Nixon in 1971, has met with every U.S. President from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.
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Pictured here on a crusade in Hong Kong, the minister and his colleagues created the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to expand and maintain his role as Christian media visionary, bringing the gospel of Christ all across the globe.
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Evangelist Billy Graham, pictured here with medals he received at the annual Freedoms Foundation program, has been awarded with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Speaker of the Year Award and the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion.
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During the civil rights movement, Graham supported integrated seating for his revivals and crusades. He worked with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on spreading the word of God to all people, regardless of color. In the '60s, Graham even bailed the minister out of jail after King was arrested in demonstrations.
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One Time reporter called Graham "The Pope of Protestant America." He is pictured here at his first evangelistic rally at Nickerson Field on the Boston University campus in 1982.
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Graham's sermons have reached over 215 million people in live audiences over 185 countries and affected additional millions through radio and television broadcasting as well as his written work. He is credited with preaching to more individuals than any other person in history.
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Graham began publishing Christianity Today magazine in 1955, and it continues to be the leading journal for evangelical Christians.
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Graham, seen here with Jesse Jackson at a prayer service in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, was rated "One of the Ten Most Admired Men in the World" by Gallop organization 51 times.
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Here at a press conference in Tokyo during his four-day mission to the city, Graham announced that he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a potentially deadly disease resulting from the build up of water in the brain, in 1992.
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Billy Graham's son Franklin, shown here, has chosen to take over the BGEA.
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In 2005, Graham and wife Ruth retired to Little Piney Cove homestead, their home in Montreat, North Carolina where the Blue Ridge and Black Mountain ranges meet.
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In 2007, Graham's wife Ruth passed away from pneumonia and degenerative osteoarthritis.
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Former Presidents, George H.W. Bush, left, Bill Clinton, second left, and Jimmy Carter, right, join Franklin Graham, second right, as they pose with Billy Graham, center, in front of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 31, 2007 during the dedication ceremony. The 40,000-square-foot complex, built near the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, traces the preacher's rise from farm boy to the most widely heard minister of all time, having preached the Gospel in person to more than 210 million people over his long career.
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In this image released by the White House, President Barack Obama meets with Billy Graham, 91, at his mountainside home in Montreat, N.C., Sunday, April 25, 2010. Obama concluded his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting of the ailing evangelist, who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower.
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Former President George W. Bush, left, greets evangelist Billy Graham as Laura Bush looks on as they met for a brunch prior to a book signing at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.
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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) speaks with the Reverend Billy Graham (C) and his son Franklin (R) during a visit to the Graham's Cabin in Montreat, North Carolina, on October 11, 2012.
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