Billy (William Franklin) Graham (1918- ) is one of America's most famous and influential Protestant evangelists. Although he has not been a part of the militant fundamentalist movement, his conservative theology has had much in common with theirs.
One of the factors which has been instrumental in the growth of his fame has been his "crusades," the first of which occurred in Los Angeles in 1949. Graham was helped a great deal by the fact that William Randolph Hearst, publishing mogul, ordered his papers to "puff Graham" by promoting him and his activities whenever possible.
Today Billy Graham suffers from Parkinson's Disease. His son, Franklin Graham, took over as executive officer of the ministry Billy Graham has built up over the decades.
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