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Falwell, Jerry (11 August 1933–15 May 2007), fundamentalist pastor, televangelist, and conservative political activist, was born Jerry Lamon Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia, the son of Carey Hezekiah Falwell, a businessman, and Helen Virgie Beasley. Helen was a devout Baptist, and Carey, whom his son described as an atheist, was an entrepreneur who started with a general store and expanded into a local network of service stations, hotels, and a regional bus company. The couple's daughter died at age ten, and Carey Falwell shot and killed his own brother in 1931, the culmination of a long dispute over their shared interest in profiting from bootleg liquor; he was later acquitted for acting in self-defense. Jerry Falwell attributed these events to his father's “lifelong struggle with the Enemy,” by which he meant Satan....

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Sheen, Fulton John (08 May 1895–09 December 1979), Roman Catholic bishop and electronic evangelist, was born in El Paso, Illinois, the son of Newton Morris Sheen and Delia Fulton, farmers. Although he was baptized Peter, he adopted his mother’s maiden name as a youth and used it throughout his career as one of the most famous American Catholic priests of the twentieth century....