BOOTH, William. b. Sneinton, Nottingham, 10 April 1829; d. Hadley Wood, Middlesex, 20 August 1912. The son of a speculative builder, William Booth had what he later called ‘a blighted childhood’, including work in a pawnbroker’s shop in a poor part of Nottingham. He was converted in 1844, and greatly influenced by an American evangelist, the Methodist James Caughey, who visited Nottingham in 1846. He moved to London in 1849, where he became a Methodist preacher, and where he met Catherine Mumford (1829-1890), who became his wife. After some years as a minister of the Methodist Reform Church and the Methodist New Connexion, he became an independent travelling evangelist, and it was during...
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