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Evangeline Booth

The first female General, and the fourth daughter of William and Catherine Booth, Evangeline was born in 1865, the same year The Salvation Army was born.

As her name suggests, she was a successful evangelist and had preaching, administrative and teaching positions in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America before she was elected General in 1934, aged 69.

During her term, the Order of the Silver Star (a recognition of mothers whose children made the sacrifice of serving as Salvation Army officers) was extended from the US to the whole Salvation Army world.

Evangeline adopted four children. She was known for her athleticism in younger days (a talented diver), and for her equestrian skills. Her favourite musical instrument was the harp, which she often used for stage presentations.

Evangeline Booth retired in 1939 and died in 1950, aged 88.

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