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In England, William Booth preaches for the first time in East London, where he will found the Salvation Army

William Booth, circa 1907, detail
07/02/1865
Three days after preaching on wasteground in Whitechapel, East London, former Methodist evangelist William Booth opened his first mission amongst the poor of the area.  Later called the Christian Mission, Booth's effort would grow to become the Salvation Army in 1878, and spread throughout the world to its strength of more than a million members today.  Booth became its first "General" and served till his death in August 1912.  Forty thousand people attended his funeral.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
George Scott Railton, The Authoritative Life of General William Booth: Founder of the Salvation Army (New York: George H. Doran & Co., 1912), 56.

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