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Salvation Army History


1865 - The Salvation Army was founded in London, England, by William Booth, a former Methodist minister turned evangelist who began preaching in the slums.


1878 - Organization adopted the name The Salvation Army.


1880 - The Army began work in New York City and combined Gospel preaching with meeting the social ills of hunger, homelessness, and poverty.

Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven women Salvationists arrived in the central United States. Their purpose was to establish The Salvation Army National Headquarters  in St. Louis, which they believed was the center of the United States.


1885 - The Salvation Army began working in Illinois.


1892- The Salvation Army is established in Ottawa.



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