Billy Graham | 1976
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Billy Graham | 1918 - 2018

Billy Graham | 1976

The Rev. Billy Graham addresses a crowd in Seattle during the Graham Crusade in 1976.

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Billy Graham | 1949

Billy Graham delivers a sermon in downtown Los Angeles in 1949, part of a two-month tent revival that drew 350,000 people and launched his meteoric rise to world-class evangelist.

 (Los Angeles Times)
Billy Graham | 1949

Graham’s 1949 “Canvas Cathedral” tent revival, at Hill Street and Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. The event, and Graham, got a major boost from publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst.

 (Los Angeles Times)
Billy Graham | 1949

A poster for the 1949 revival. That year marked a turning point for Graham.

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Billy Graham | 1950

Graham, second from right, on the White House lawn in 1950 with, from left, Jerry Bevan, Clifford Barrows and Grady Wilson. They were praying for President Truman and his handling of the Korean crisis.

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Billy Graham | 1951

Graham opens a 16-day crusade at the Hollywood Bowl in 1951. The evangelist considered Southern California his second home.

 (Los Angeles Times)
Billy Graham | 1954

Billy Graham preaches in London’s Trafalgar Square in 1954. During the second half of the 20th century, his crusades drew millions. Said one of Graham’s biographers: “No one was more important in legitimizing evangelism.”

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Billy Graham | 1950s

Evangelist Billy Graham holds a Bible aloft in the mid-1950s.

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Billy Graham | 1955

The Rev. Billy Graham preaches during a tent crusade in 1955.

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Billy Graham | 1955

Graham and his wife, Ruth, arrive in London in May 1955.

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Billy Graham | 1956

In Kottayam, India, during a 1956 tour of Asia.

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Billy Graham | 1957

Graham preaches at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 20, 1957.

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Billy Graham | 1957

On the steps of Federal Hall during a 1957 lunchtime speech in New York’s financial district.

 (Associated Press)
Billy Graham | 1960

Ruth and Billy Graham arrive in New York aboard the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth in March 1960 after a 2 1/2-month tour of Africa and the Middle East.

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Billy Graham | 1960

In western Nigeria in 1960. According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn., Graham preached to more than 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories.

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Billy Graham | 1961

Graham sits with President Kennedy at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Feb. 9, 1961.

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Billy Graham | 1966

The Grahams prepare to depart for London aboard the Queen Mary in May 1966.

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Billy Graham | 1969

Billy Graham speaks at Madison Square Garden on June 13, 1969, on the first night of a 10-day crusade.

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Billy Graham | 1969

President Nixon and First Lady Patricia Nixon with daughter Tricia and the Grahams after a White House church service in 1969.

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Billy Graham | 1970

On July 4, 1970, Graham took his message to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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Billy Graham | 1971

Graham was grand marshal of the Rose Parade in Pasadena in 1971.

 (Los Angeles Times)
Billy Graham | 1971

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson chats with the Rev. Billy Graham shortly before the evangelist spoke at Texas Stadium in Irving on Sept. 18, 1971.

 (Dallas Morning News / Associated Press)
Billy Graham | 1971

Billy Graham and President Nixon wave to the crowd in Charlotte, N.C., during 1971 ceremonies honoring Graham.

 (Associated Press)
Billy Graham | 1993

Graham delivers the eulogy for former First Lady Pat Nixon at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda in 1993.

 (Los Angeles Times)
Billy Graham | 2000

The Rev. Billy Graham meets with Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush on Nov. 5, 2000, in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Billy Graham | 2005

Former President Clinton spoke during Billy Graham’s final crusade in 2005 at Flushing Meadows in New York.

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Billy Graham | 2005

In 2005, Billy Graham conducted his last crusade, drawing 90,000 people in New York.

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Billy Graham | 2006

Graham pauses during a sermon at the Metro Maryland Festival in Baltimore in July 2006.

 (Gail Burton / Associated Press)
Billy and Ruth Graham

Ruth and Billy Graham in an undated photo. Ruth Graham, who died in June 2007 at the age of 87, was buried in a plain pine coffin at the foot of a cross-shaped walkway at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. Her husband will be buried next to her.

 (Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn.)
Billy Graham | 2007

Graham speaks during a memorial service for his wife in Montreat, N.C., on June 16, 2007.

 (Chuck Burton / Associated Press)
Billy Graham | 2007

The evangelist at the dedication of the Billy Graham Library in May 2007. Writer-critic Elaine Kendall called Graham “the preeminent prophet of this time, the generic clergyman. To millions of Americans, he was religion, the way Kleenex are tissue or Life Savers are mints.”

 (Chuck Burton / Associated Press)
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