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October 2002
Great Nottinghamians : William Booth
General William Booth
General William Booth
Nottingham man William Booth has made the BBC's Greatest Britons top 100. Below is a biography of the man that brought the Salvation Army to the world.
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There are many names that nearly made it onto this list of famous Nottinghamains.

Other famous people from Robin Hood County include:

Ball, Captain Albert VC
Bendigo
Birch, Rob

Blower, Tom
Boot, Sir Jesse
Booth, General William
Bowden, Sir Frank
Bowles, Peter
Byng, Douglas
Byron, Lord John
Clarke, Rt Hon. Kenneth
Clough, Brian OBE
Coates, Eric
Cole, Andy
Cranmer, Thomas
Dance, Sir George
Dwight, Roy
Flowers, Wilfred
Fothergill, Watson
Hallam, Nick
Hewson, Sherrie
Hitchcock, Alma Reville
Hood, Robin
Howe, Lord Admiral Richard
Howitt, T. Cecil
Karno, Fred
Khaliq, Jawaid
Knight, Dame Laura
Larwood, Harold
Lawrence, DH
Lee, Alvin
Lindsey, Robert
McCarthy, Dennis
Meadows, Shane
Mee, Arthur
Owen, Greg
Player, John
Pollard, Su
Randall, Derek
Reynolds, John
Russell, Graham
Sillitoe, Allan
Smith, Paul CBE
Slater, Colin MBE
Stardust, Alvin
Torvill, Jayne MBE & OBE
Trease, Geoffrey
Walker, Chris
Watson, Dave
Westwood, Lee

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General William Booth
1829 - William Booth was born at 12 Notintone Place in Sneinton, Nottingham.
1842 - Taken out of school at 13 years old, to become an apprentice pawn broker. His family had been plunged into poverty.
1843 - Father dies.
1845 - Starts to attend Wesley Chapel. During this time he believed that he must renounce sin and atone to others for the wrongs he had done to them. William begins to address open air meetings.
1846 - Leads converts from the slums into the Wesley Chapel, they're quickly moved to the back of the hall. William becomes the New Connexion's travelling evangelist.
1855 - Marries Catherine.
1857 - William begins gathering 20 converts a day, Connexion cut short Booth's travels and put him in charge of their Brighouse circuit in Yorkshire.
1859 - William and Catherine break with Methodist New Connexion. William goes alone, and becomes a respected preacher.
1865 - William begins preaching around London's Mile End, trying to save souls that the church didn't want to know.
1875 - After his first sermons at Mile End, William has 26 stations. Around this time they were known as the Volunteer army.
1878 - Their name is changed to the Salvation Army. Various achievements are made, including groundbreaking work with the poor and a labour exchange.
1890 - Catherine Booth dies.
1890 onwards - Booth becomes a wildly respected international figure fighting poverty.
1912 - On 21st August, William Booth dies aged 83. 150,000 mourners attend his funeral.
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