10 things you didn’t know about Billy Graham

Updated 5:10 PM EST, Wed February 21, 2018
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 7: The Rev. Billy F. Graham speaks to the crowd on a rainy night October 7, 2004 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Graham is conducting his "Heart of America" crusade in Kansas City October 7-10.  (Photo by Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 7: The Rev. Billy F. Graham speaks to the crowd on a rainy night October 7, 2004 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Graham is conducting his "Heart of America" crusade in Kansas City October 7-10. (Photo by Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)
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If you didn’t grow up listening to Billy Graham’s Sunday radio show or watching his TV show – you might not know the ubiquitous Christian televangelist from the WWE wrestler.

Outside of being the “pastor to the presidents,” Graham – who died Wednesday at the age of 99 – was one of the first Christian preachers to harness the power of media to spread his religion’s message.

Here are 10 facts about the man known as the “Protestant Pope”:

1. Billy Graham once preached for more than 100 nights straight

Every night for 16 consecutive weeks, Billy Graham addressed the sold-out audiences in New York’s Madison Square Garden at his so-called New York Crusade in 1957. The event was only supposed to last for six weeks.

2. He met 13 post-war presidents

From Harry Truman to Donald Trump, Billy Graham knew them all – attending the inaugurations of six presidents and delivering the invocations for two: George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

3. He helped George W. Bush stop drinking

In his 2010 book “Decision Points,” former President George W. Bush said he was actually drunk when he first met Graham at his parents’ family home in Maine in 1985. The two talked extensively the next day and later, Graham sent Bush a Bible and that he said helped him to better understand Christianity and change his life.