Looking Back: A Salvation Army History TimelineHere's a look back through the history of The Salvation Army.
William Booth & Catherine Mumford, future co-founders of The Salvation Army, are born in England.
William Booth is ordained by the Methodist church.
Catherine Booth publishes her first pamphlet, “Female Teaching,” asserting that women have the right to teach, laying early bricks of the foundation for the ordination of women.
First Official Meetings of The East London Christian Mission.
The East London Christian Mission is renamed The Christian Mission as the work extends all over Britain.
The War Congress officially declares The Christian Mission will now be called The Salvation Army.
Sixteen-Year-Old Lieutenant Eliza Shirley comes to Philadelphia with her parents. Permission for starting “something along the lines” of The Salvation Army is given. First converts are made.
The Salvation Army’s first brass band begins.
Commissioner George Scott Railton, Captain Emma Westbrook and six other Salvation Army women are “officially” sent to America.
Salvation Army Publications get their start! The American version of The War Cry is first published and Little Soldier, The Salvation Army’s first youth publication, begins.
First Prison-Gate home is opened in Australia.
The Maiden Tribute Campaign, in which The Salvation Army played a key role, is successful in raising the age of consent in England from 13 to 16, helping to protect young girls from trafficking.
First “Slum Corps” is opened, lending much needed aid to some of the poorest residents in London.
Ballington Booth becomes National Commander. He stabilizes and popularizes The Salvation Army.
Youth Work is formally organized throughout Great Britain.
William Booth plunges The Salvation Army into social work with the publication of his book, “In Darkest England And The Way Out.”His scheme was the most comprehensive approach to defeating poverty ever seen.
The Salvation Army Opens A Match Factory to fight against the low pay, long hours and dangerous exposure to chemicals that were found in other match factories.
Inauguration of Corps Cadets.
First Youth Councils is held in London.
The Salvation Army’s first disaster response to the devastating hurricane in Galveston, Texas that claimed more than 5,000 lives
The Salvation Army’s Migration Department was founded, eventually helping over 250,000 people with immigration.
The Salvation Army’s Anti-Suicide Bureau is founded.
William Booth dies in London. Bramwell Booth succeeds his father as second General.
International Congress in London brings Salvationists from all over the world together. Six weeks after the Congress, World War I begins in Belgium and France.
The USA Enters World War I, and Evangeline Booth pledges the support of American Salvationists. The donut becomes the symbol of home and The Salvation Army in the trenches of France.
First Sunbeam Troop begins.
The USA is divided into four administrative territories.
Evangeline Booth elected General. She serves four years.
Torchbearer Group Movement, aimed at attracting young adults from outside of The Salvation Army, begins.
World War II begins. General George Carpenter vows to stay in London.
The Salvation Army Medical Fellowship is founded.
World War II Ends. IHQ is damaged, and a bomb fire has destroyed some valuable archives.
The First Angel Tree was launched in Lynchburg, VA, providing clothes and toys to children at Christmas.
The Salvation Army’s Boy’s Adventure Corps is launched.
The Salvation Army reaches a landmark, existing in over 100 countries.
International Millennial Congress held in Atlanta, GA. 20,000+ Salvationists from around the world attend.
International Social Justice Commission begins.
European Anti-Human Trafficking response is launched in Hungary.
International Congress “Boundless” celebrates 150 years in London, England.
Peer is launched with a new print magazine and online design, targeting high school and college-aged young adults.
The Salvation Army recognizes its 155th year, now officially open in more than 130 countries. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army is providing aid to more than 100 countries.