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Booth, Ballington 1857-1940

BOOTH, Ballington 1857-1940


Born July 28, 1857, in Brighouse, Yorkshire, England; immigrated to United States, 1887, naturalized citizen, 1895; died October 5, 1940, in Blue Point, NY; son of William (founder of Salvation Army) and Catherine (Mumford) Booth; married Maud Elizabeth Charlesworth, September 16, 1886; children: Charles Brandon, Theodora. Education: Attended Institute for Theological and Missionary Training (now Paton Congregational College), Nottingham, England.


Salvation Army, officer in England, c. 1874-83, co-commander of organization and marshal in Australia, 1883-85, co-leader of U.S. organization, 1887-c.96; Volunteers of America, cofounder and co-director with ranks of general and commander-in-chief, beginning 1896. Ordained presbyter of Reformed Episcopal Church, 1896; nondenominational evangelist preacher; public speaker about social issues and spiritual renewal.


Gold Service Medal, Rotary Club of New York, 1925.


The Salvation War; or, How We Marched in 1884 through Australasia, three volumes, International Headquarters (London, England), 1885.

The Soldier's Manual, 1889.

From Ocean to Ocean; or, The Salvation Army's March from the Atlantic to the Pacific, J. S. Ogilvie (New York, NY), 1891.

The Prayer That Prevails, Volunteers of America (New York, NY), 1920.

Compiler of The Volunteer Songster, Trade Department of the Volunteers of America (New York, NY). Composer of hymns. Editor, Volunteers' Gazette, beginning 1896.



Welty, Susan F., Look up and Hope! The Life of Maud Ballington Booth, Thomas Nelson (New York, NY), 1961.

Wisbey, Herbert A., Jr., Soldiers without Swords: A History of the Salvation Army in the United States, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1955.



New York Times, October 6, 1940.*

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