Bramwell Booth CH (March 8, 1856 – June 16, 1929) was the 2nd General of The Salvation Army (1912-1929).
He was born William Bramwell Booth in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, the eldest of eight children born to William Booth and Catherine Mumford. He became an active full-time collaborator with his father in 1874, and an officer when the Army was begun in 1878.
In 1881, General William Booth appointed Bramwell as his Chief of the Staff of The Salvation Army. Bramwell would hold this title until his father's death, when he himself was named General in his father's will.
Bramwell was largely responsible for the development of the Army. He was also known for his teaching of the doctrine of holiness of The Salvation Army, his councils with officers and working with young people.
He and Captain Florence Soper were married in 1882. During his years as General, he was well liked and well respected for his missionary work. His books include Echoes and Memories and These Fifty Years.
In November 1928, the High Council of The Salvation Army asked the General to resign due to his ill health, which hampered him in performance of duties and decisions. He refused and was then reluctantly deposed from office, to be succeeded in the election of Edward Higgins, his Chief of the Staff. General Booth then took the High Council to court, which lost him a lot of respect. He also lost the court case, in 1929. His sister, Evangeline Booth, later succeeded General Higgins to serve as General of The Salvation Army.
General Bramwell Booth died in June of the same year. He is interred at Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London where his memorial can be visited during daylight hours.
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