11 Things You Might Not Have Known About Billy Graham

Including the fact that he once skinny-dipped with LBJ
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2018 12:14 PM CST
In this Oct 26, 1994 file photo, Evangelist Billy Graham begins his sermon in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

(Newser) – You might not have pictured Billy Graham as a skinny dipper, but he reportedly did go swimming in the nude at least once—with President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House pool, no less. The story goes that shortly after LBJ was sworn into office he invited the famous evangelist over, and neither of them had a bathing suit. Ten more facts about the late preacher, who died Wedneday at age 99, you may not have known, courtesy of USA Today, Fox News, and CNN:

  1. His original dream was to play baseball professionally, but he ultimately realized he didn't have the talent.
  2. Speaking of presidents, Graham was influential in helping George W. Bush to stop drinking, Bush once said. His life started turning around after talking with Graham about religion at the Bush family's Maine compound; he had been drunk the day before when he first met Graham.
  3. After integrating his revival meetings during the civil rights era, Graham became a target of the KKK.
  4. Graham, who was friendly with Queen Elizabeth II, was knighted in 2011.

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