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Evangeline Cory Booth. Gelatin silver print on paper, c. 1905, by Ira L. Hill. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

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Booth, Evangeline Cory (25 December 1865–17 July 1950), fourth general and first female general of the Salvation Army, was born Eveline Cory Booth in South Hackney, London, England, the seventh of eight children of Catherine Mumford and William Booth, a Methodist minister. Earlier that year the Booths left the church and formed the East London Christian Mission, committing to a more evangelical, "for the people" style of missionary work than they felt Methodism allowed. In 1878 the newly dubbed "General" William Booth renamed their group the Salvation Army. His daughter received no formal education but was a devoted participant in her parents' evangelical organization and from a young age considered herself specially anointed to work with the needy. Growing up, she was called Eva after a character in ...