Billy Graham: An Inspiring Life in Photographs

Rev. Billy Graham preached before a total of nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries. Browse our collection of photos of highlights from his life, career and ministry.

Evangelist and author Rev. Billy Graham preached the gospel live before a total of nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and reached countless more through television, video, film, and webcasts. Click through to experience some of the highlights of his life, career and ministry.

Graham conducts a revival in Portland, Maine, where he spoke to more than 6,000 peope

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In 1950, a 31-year-old Graham, his ministry on the ascent, conducts a revival in Portland, Maine, where he addresses more than 6,000 people.

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Graham and his wife, Ruth, sit by the fireplace at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in a photograph taken on February 8, 1951.

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Graham and his wife, Ruth, sit by the fireplace at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in a photograph taken on February 8, 1951. Graham is a native of North Carolina.

Graham reads passages from the Bible to a large, rapt audience in Trafalgar Square, London, on April 12, 1954.

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Graham reads passages from the Bible to a large, rapt audience in Trafalgar Square, London, on April 12, 1954.


Graham talks with U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower (left) during a visit to the White House on May 10, 1957.

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Graham talks with U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower (left) during a visit to the White House on May 10, 1957. Graham met with every sitting president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.


Graham says goodbye to Ruth and their five children on Jan. 15, 1958, before departing on a crusade tour that took him to eight Latin American countries.

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Graham says goodbye to wife Ruth and their five children on Jan. 15, 1958, before departing on a crusade tour that took him to eight Latin American countries. The children are, from left, Nelson, four days old, Franklin, 5, Ruth, 7, Virginia, 12, and Anne, 9.


Graham blasts out of a sand trap on the Riversdale golf course in Victoria, Australia, on March 4, 1959.

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Graham blasts out of a sand trap on the Riversdale golf course in Victoria, Australia, on March 4, 1959. Graham had traveled down under to conduct a crusade tour that traveled to various Australian cities.


On March 17, 1960, Graham, while on an 18,000-mile tour of Africa and the Middle East, made a pilgrimage the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

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On March 17, 1960, Graham, while on an 18,000-mile tour of Africa and the Middle East, made a pilgrimage the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

Graham poses with actresses Barbara Stanwyck (left) and Betty Hutton during a visit to Hollywood, California, on September 19, 1963.

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Graham poses with actresses Barbara Stanwyck (left) and Betty Hutton during a visit to Hollywood, California, on September 19, 1963.


Graham is greeted by hundreds of American servicemen on Dec. 21, 1966, during his Christmas trip to Vietnam.

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Graham is greeted by hundreds of American servicemen on Dec. 21, 1966, during his Christmas trip to Vietnam.


Patriarch Pimen, leader of the Russian Orthodox church, listens as Rev. Graham speaks in Moscow's main cathedral on Sept. 21, 1984.

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Patriarch Pimen, leader of the Russian Orthodox church, listens as Rev. Graham speaks in Moscow’s main cathedral on Sept. 21, 1984.


In 1991, Graham conducted his first New York City crusade in 21 years. Here, he speaks to 250,000 people gathered on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park.

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In 1991, Graham conducted his first New York City crusade in 21 years. Here, he speaks to 250,000 people gathered on the Great Lawn of Central Park. A spokesman said it was the largest crowd  ever at one of Graham’s North American crusades.


Graham speaks on stage in the borough of Queens, New York, on the third and last day of his farewell American revival on Sunday, June 26, 2005.

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Graham speaks on stage in the borough of Queens, New York, on the third and last day of his farewell American revival on Sunday, June 26, 2005.

On May 31, 2007, Graham, then 88, attended the dedication of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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On May 31, 2007, Graham, then 88, attended the dedication of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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