William Ashley "Billy" Sunday,1862-1935,Evangelist
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William Ashley "Billy" Sunday
Evangelist. Billy Sunday was born at Ames, Iowa. Since his
father died when he was less than a year old, Billy was
raised in an orphanage. He became a professional baseball
player, and played in the National League for seven years. He
was converted to Christ through the street preaching of Harry
Monroe of the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago.
After entering the ministry, he preached in the army
camps during World War I, and later held citywide meetings in
the various cities across America. In one meeting in Phila-
delphia, over 2,300,000 people attended during a period of
eight weeks. He held campaigns for over 20 years and liter-
ally "burned out" for Christ. This man, whose preaching was
also influential in the support of the Prohibition Amendment
to the Constitution, witnessed 19 conversions in his last
sermon, before his death.
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