William Booth was a native of England. He founded the Salvation Army in May 1865. The Salvation Army is an international Christian charitable organisation with a presence in 127 countries around the world. With the words ‘Blood and Fire’ on its crest, it has a quasi-military structure and has over 1.5 million members.
William Booth was born in Nottingham, England on April 10th 1829. He began an apprenticeship as a pawnbroker at the age of 13. At age 15 he converted to Methodism, trained himself in writing and oratory and began preaching the gospel. He resigned from the Methodists in 1861 and became an independent evangelist.
His work among the poor and destitute in the East End of London led Booth to establish the Salvation Army. He became the General of the Army with others being appointed as officers and soldiers. Established religions and some in public life were at first hostile to the work of the Salvation Army. In time however the good work being done by the organisation came to be recognised.
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, died aged 83 in the year 1912 On This Day.