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Presidential Medal of Freedom

1983

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan awarded Graham the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian award.

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Billy Graham

William Franklin Graham was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well-known internationally in the late 1940s. One of his biographers has placed him “among the most influential Christian leaders” of the 20th century. As a preacher, he held large indoor and outdoor rallies with…

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