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Bramwell Booth

William Booth's oldest son and immediate successor, Bramwell was born in 1856. Bramwell's position as General came about when a sealed envelope from the Founder was opened following Booth's death.

Thus Bramwell Booth, aged 56, took his place as The Salvation Army's second general. An able administrator, he was largely responsible for The Salvation Army's structural development. He had served as "Chief of the Staff" (second in command) for 32 years and was the General from 21 August 1912 to 13 February 1929.

In his seventies he was suffering from poor health and would not retire, so The Salvation Army's "High Council" was convened - for the first time - in 1929.This High Council was a system designed by the Founder to safeguard the succession of leadership of The Salvation Army. The council resolved that Bramwell Booth was "unfit on the ground of ill health" and proceeded to elect Edward Higgins as General.

Bramwell Booth died on 16 June 1929, four months after the election of General Higgins.

One of Bramwell Booth's most enduring legacies was successfully steering The Salvation Army through the carnage and destruction of the "war to end all wars" (World War I).

Next General: Edward Higgins