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'America's Pastor' turns 94

Posted November 8, 2012

Rev. Billy Graham (Photo courtesy of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

— Evangelist Billy Graham, the North Carolina preacher whose counsel has been sought by presidents and candidates alike for more than five decades, turned 94 Wednesday.

Graham, whose son Franklin Graham is the public head of his Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is still active in politics, having met with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in October and lending his voice to a national newspaper advertising campaign that urged voters to use "biblical values" in making a choice in the voting booth.

After the Romney visit, Graham said he had been impressed by the legacy of service Romney inherited from his father, former governor of Michigan George Romney, whom Graham considered a friend.  

"What impresses me even more than Gov. Romney's successful career are his values and strong moral convictions," Graham said.

Graham has limited public appearances in recent years and spends most of his time at his home in Montreat, N.C., writing and praying, according to staff.

He has been hospitalized twice in the past year, but doctors on both occasions said that his overall health is good for his age. 


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  • Skywatch_NC Nov 9, 2012

    Always has to be some bashers for Rev. Graham.

  • Grand Union Nov 9, 2012

    "Rev Graham, you've set the example for all Christians for years."

    Yeah by making himself and his family fabulously wealthy by conning the gullible....and breaking the law by still paying himself a salary of hundreds of thousand of dollars a year long after ceasing to do any real work for his "charity". Pity no DA in NC has enough spine to charge him.

  • itsmyownopinion Nov 9, 2012

    Happy Birthday Rev. Graham. I believe you've had a wonderful life, and countless numbers of people all over our world will have a wonderful afterlife because you led them to Jesus Christ.

  • eoglane Nov 8, 2012

    Happy birthday Billy Graham, get Obama in and help his thinking. After his reelection he did not even thank GOD in his speech. Never thanks GOD for anything

  • baldchip Nov 8, 2012

    Corey3rd-and you are perfect?? Hummmm?? I thought so!!

    Rev Graham, you've set the example for all Christians for years. God bless you. Many more happy returns.

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 8, 2012

    Does he know who's president? Has Franklin told him?

    I'm sure Rev. Graham knows. He met with Obama during his first term and probably will during his second term, too.

  • corey3rd Nov 8, 2012

    Billy Graham has spent decades calling Mormonism a cult and the Book of Mormon fictional. But somehow he's able to overcome all of that in a few minutes with Mitt? And spends a fortune in donations on full page newspaper ads to "support" a cultist?

  • mayhem Nov 8, 2012

    Does he know who's president? Has Franklin told him?

  • lilesbilly Nov 8, 2012

    Bless his HEART.

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 8, 2012

    What a great man of God. I am just so sorry that he has had to live through the most liberal President in US History. native2NC.

    You mean you wish he had died 4 years ago? That's not nice.

    Way to go twisting things.